Halogen Pedestal Lights Help Turn Lackluster Displays into Inspiring Ones

It is no deep, dark secret that it takes a lot of perspiration, creativity and dedication to create the perfect piece of art. So it would truly be shameful to display it in a lackluster light. Thankfully, there are halogen pedestal lights available that can really make an artist’s work pop.

Corner lit pedestal with glass sculpture

Halogen pedestal lights are designed to last long, produce less soot and emit the most beautiful, bright, white light the world has ever seen. It is widely accepted that because of their inherent nature, the bulbs will draw favorable attention to objects and reduce viewers’ eye strain. In addition, today’s halogen pedestal lights tend to be relatively energy efficient and reasonably priced too.

On the downside, the bulbs can run hot and produce intense reflections or glare. Thus, it is important to pair halogen lights with the right type of museum quality pedestals and artwork. Otherwise, the objects on display could inadvertently heat up and the glare could create an unwanted distraction.

Corner lit pedestal with glass sculpture

At Pedestal Source, we have overhead lighting systems that are custom made for use with our visually dramatic, first-class pedestals and are sold separately for your convenience. The systems make use of halogen bulbs, pivoting hoods and telescoping, stainless steel rods. The rods are capable of reaching heights of 36 or 60-inches. Thus, they may be adjusted or otherwise configured in a variety of ways.
Designed to function as down lights, they are known to work well in various display situations. For example, they could easily be used to highlight clear, semi-opaque and opaque sculptures as well as framed paintings. Just make sure that the bulb is positioned well above the item. It should also have has the potential to provide illumination that exceeds the room’s overall lighting intensity by three.

To learn more about our pedestal light systems and how they may be used to create memorable displays, please contact us by calling (800) 333-9953.

Rodin’s “The Thinker”: Considering Practicality and Aesthetics When It Comes to Statue Pedestals

Statues come in so many different shapes, sizes and materials that buying a sculpture pedestal can become confusing. Not only do you have to consider the practical aspects of weight and size, you also have to consider the aesthetics of the piece. You can’t have a pedestal which competes with the statue for attention but, at the same time, the pedestal should also befit the statue. If you have a really beautiful, ornate statue, you might not want to get a completely plain pedestal to go with it. So you need to walk a fine line if you want to get a pedestal that goes well with your statue.

Walnut cylinder pedestal with a turntable

Practical Considerations

Let’s say you’re trying to find a good base for a small bronze sculpture called “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin. The sculpture is only 15.5 inches tall, but you need to keep in mind that it’s all solid metal, which means that it’s going to be fairly heavy. So you’ll need a pretty solid pedestal to put it on. Some more delicate-looking acrylic bases may be able to support the weight as well, even though they look fragile. In either case, you might want to give the vendor an accurate idea of the weight of the statue to find out if the pedestal you’re looking at will be able to support it.

Granite laminate five sider pedestal

Aesthetic Considerations

Although the statue is mostly dark, its patina is a combination of black, gold and green. This mixture of colors looks great on the marble base featured in the photograph because the two patterns complement each other. Would this sculpture look good on a plain black pedestal? Probably not because the black would look too heavy in comparison with the delicate work that went into the making of this statue.
However, you might want to consider granite laminate pedestal which would complement the colors of the statue. The glassy look of an acrylic pedestal would also present a good contrast with the dark, heavy metal of the statue. Our ebonized walnut veneer cylinder pedestal would be a good choice because of its circular shape and the dark grain running through it.
So if you’re looking to find a practical and aesthetically attractive pedestal for a statue, contact us.

Glass Sculpture with a Spot Lit Laminate Pedestal Base

The Down Light Showcase Pedestal: A Museum Quality Showcase

Down Light Showcase Pedestals

“It belongs in a museum!” These famous words of Indiana Jones always pop into my head whenever I see something precious, rare or valuable in the world today. Indeed, so many objects are museum worthy or display worthy, from fine art, to historical objects, to memorabilia, whether found in an actual museum or in a personal collection. But after discovering the precious piece you want to display, the next realization is this: It needs a museum quality display case to showcase it. A display showcase that will enhance the beauty, not distract from it.

Pedestal Source is proud to announce our latest product: The Down Light Showcase Pedestal. Made in the same tradition as our other high quality display pedestals, the Down Light Showcase Pedestal is handmade in the U.S.A. right here at our facility in Fort Collins, CO. This lighted display case combines a simple, aesthetic beauty with innovative engineering to put all the focus on your precious piece. Whether you’re a museum curator, a gallery owner, a jewelry shop owner or a private collector, the Down Light Showcase Pedestal gives you a quality, museum display case that you can be as proud of as you are the piece you’re displaying.

Let’s look at some of the features of the Down Light Showcase Pedestal:

  • Overhead and/or ambient under lighting.

How often do beautiful pieces of art fail to stand out simply because of poor lighting? At Pedestal Source, we have years of experience in displaying art and other valuable objects. We know that certain pieces need lighting from above, and some are better illuminated from the bottom. That’s why we give you the option of either low voltage LED top lighting, or ambient under lighting, or both. There are an amazing variety of looks that can be obtained when using the changeable color LED under light system.

  • Laminate or wood veneer finishes available.

There’s no need to settle for one finish, one color. Choose from many real wood veneers and laminates so that you get a great display showcase that not only highlights your object to perfection, but suits the room around it.

  • No visible door hardware or wiring.

Nothing distracts from your fine art like clumsy door locks and intrusive wiring tubes down the side or corner of the viewing area. Our engineering team has developed an innovative system that keeps the sight lines clutter free. All you see is what is meant to be seen: your piece being displayed. Check out the video below for more details on how to access the display  area.

  • Completely customizable – imagine the possibilities!

So you’re looking at the picture of the case and thinking, “It’s nice, but I really need something like (fill in the blank)”. At Pedestal Source, we have always prided ourselves in making our products customizable. The Down Light Showcase Pedestal is no different. Whether it’s the overall size, the acrylic viewing area, the finish or even adding storage, you can be sure you will be getting a great custom made showcase that meets your needs. You can even interchange the display platform. Imagine a mirrored platform underneath a sparkling piece of jewelry!

At a time when there is much discussion of U.S. Manufacturing jobs going overseas, we pride ourselves on the fact that all of our display pedestal and showcase products are made right here at our facility in Colorado. You can also rest assured you are not only getting a quality American made product, you will be getting first class customer service to go with it.

Whether you’re looking for a museum style case to display your fine art or collectables, or you are a jewelry shop owner that wants an eye-popping jewelry display case, The Down Light Showcase Pedestal will put the focus clearly on the item inside of it. Couple that with the confidence of knowing you have a superior, made in the U.S.A. product, we’re sure you’ll treasure this case almost as much as your piece! Well, maybe not, but either way, we think Indiana Jones would approve.

Watch the video below to see the features of the Down Light Showcase Pedestal in “action”.

Pedestals: A Weighty Issue

Walnut Pedestal

One of the most common questions we receive is: How much weight will one of our pedestals hold? A quick glance at our website suggests that all of our products are sturdily built, but what about that 200 lb Buddha statue you just purchased? Can our pedestals safely support something so heavy? The last thing you want is for your piece to be compromised by a weak display pedestal.

The truth is, it’s rarely an issue for most of our customers. For example, our Black Laminate Pedestal can easily hold up to 200 lbs, and that’s a conservative weight rating.  But for some customers, it is a concern. Here a few things to think about when displaying a very heavy object on one of our pedestals:

  • Is it a tall object or sculpture?  Often times the issue becomes one of top-heaviness, and no matter how much weight the pedestal will hold, the issue at hand can be how easily the object can tip. Often times to help with this, we will either recommend a proper pedestal footprint-to-height ratio that is appropriate for the object you are displaying or we can put an easily removable false bottom into the pedestal that will allow the customer to place something such as a sand bag into the pedestal to give it extra weight and mass. This provides for a much more stable center of gravity for a tall, heavy object.
  • The next consideration plays off of the first: Where is the object being displayed? Is it a high traffic area? Are there small children frequently near the object? Improper pedestal placement plus a tall, top heavy object is a recipe for disaster.  Our recommendation is to display your tall, heavy objects away from doors or entryways. If small children are present, you may need to consider anchoring the piece to a nearby wall or ceiling, or anchoring the pedestal to the floor. A pedestal on carpet can also compromise stability, but we can equip our pedestal with carpet spikes that fasten the pedestal down into the subfloor without damaging the carpet.
  • And lastly, what is the weight distribution of the object like? Basic physics tells us if the weight of a heavy object is focused onto a small point in the center of the pedestal, the top could possibly be compromised. If the weight is distributed more evenly across the entire surface of the pedestal, it is more than capable of bearing the weight load.  Most sculptures have a big enough base to distribute the weight to a reasonable level with no worries.

So how do you know when heavy is too heavy? That’s where our customer service team comes in.  Our team works closely with our engineer and production team and are skilled at anticipating your needs–solving the problems you didn’t even know you had!  We can often easily determine if our standard construction will bear the weight of the object you are displaying and can reinforce our pedestals as needed. “We really are about service, we’re not just order takers. And we’re not just sales people trying to close the deal. We want to know that you’re getting what you want and need”, says Pedestal Source/Xylem Design CEO and founder Greg Glebe.

Pedestals are a fairly simple product, but there are a few things you have to get right. One of them is being sure it will hold the weight you are putting on it.  With a few questions and considerations, you can rest assured that your most prized sculptures will have a safe, elegant display pedestal for years to come.

Here’s a video we made a while back demonstrating the weight capacity of one of our pedestals.

Artist Highlight: Andrea Rich – From Woodcut to Sculpture

Warthog Sculpture

Since 1980, internationally recognized woodcut print maker and artist Andrea Rich has traveled the world observing wildlife in their natural habitat. Madagascar, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Africa and Europe are some of the places outside North America that she has visited in search of interesting subjects.

Found ObjectWhile predominantly recognized for her woodcuts, it is Andrea’s sculptures that really caught our eyes. The animated yet true to life posturing of her art pieces are spot-on and endlessly engaging.

Hummingbird“…(S)ometimes the most striking feature is the form or posture of the animal,” Andrea explains on her website, “When the form captures my eye, I find it most pleasurable to let go the consideration of color or composition and the animal’s relation to the surrounding,  and simply concentrate on the form alone.  Sculpture seems an excellent medium for this new interest of mine.”

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To learn more about Andrea visit her website www.andrearich.com. Andrea recently ordered a number of our Affordable Portable Pro Pedestals, and we are grateful that we could be of help. You can also take a look at our sculpture pedestals.

Artist Highlight: Eric Cahan, Sunrises and Sunsets

Artist HighlightEric Cahan’s fine art photographs and sculptures inspired by color, nature, and memory are consistently shown in galleries in and around his native New York. A devotee of contemporary art, Cahan’s influences include Mark Rothko, James Turrell, and the Light and Space movement, a brand of minimalism that originated in Southern California in the 1960s and focused on perceptual phenomena such as light, space, volume and scale. When he visited Turrell’s Roden Crater Project, Cahan felt an intense connection to the visionary masterpiece. As Turrell stated, Cahan believes that “light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.”

SunriseThe photographs in the ongoing Sky Series are initially captured as sunrises or sunsets. Cahan uses as many as four different cameras ranging from 6 x 7 film to digital. Employing dozens of graduated filters traditionally used by filmmakers, his objective is to create a window into a time and a place, and to demonstrate how memories and colors shift and become abstract. Cahan produces chromium prints of each image numerous times until the result is seamless, free of banding or blemish. Beyond technical description, the picture evokes the presence of, and the artist’s reverence for, nature at its most sublime.

Eric CahanMade from the same surface material as surfboards and sailboards, Cahan’s polyester resin sculptures are three-dimensional interpretations of his photographs, similarly meant to capture light and conjure the sensation of looking into the sky or the ocean. “My work is meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time.”

We are indeed grateful that Eric selected Pedestal Source to build custom  fixtures for displaying his fine art pieces, and look forward to watching the expression of his creativity for years to come.

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