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Back to Light

Issue: XXI.4 July + August 2014
Page: 8
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Caleb Charland

My current body of work, Back to Light, expands upon a classic grade-school science project, the potato battery. By inserting a galvanized nail into one side of a potato and a copper wire into the other side a small electrical current is generated. The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me. Many people have had the experience of drawing power from fruit in the classroom, and it never ceases to bring a smile to the face or a thought to the mind. This work speaks to a common curiosity we all have for how the world works as well as a global concern for the future of earth's energy sources.

Caleb Charland, [email protected]