Love 2 Loves
Tagsearly elementary, tween, wall decor
I have a deep, unabiding love for scientific advances that have nothing practical to contribute to the serious scientific community and are now relegated to the category of ‘cool toys’. I’m thinking of things like the Slinky and Silly Putty. Who knew that subpar springs and silicone polymers could be so much fun?
The Lava Lamp is another item that falls into that category. Even though it was designed to be just a lamp, in its heyday it was so much more than that. It even enjoyed the same fame as other 70’s superstars like pet rocks and troll dolls.
The company that originally manufactured Lava Lamps is far from going the way of the dodo. Not only is the Lava Lamp still in production, but Mathmos has upped their game with even more mesmerizing gadgetry like the Space Projector Light with Oil Wheel.
The Space Projector uses the natural properties of oil and water to project a rotating image onto a blank surface like the wall or the ceiling. The image can reach sizes of up to 1.5 meters in diameter. For those of us who are metrically challenged, that’s a five- foot-wide dynamic wall mural.
There are three different colored projectors: silver, translucent and black. Each projector comes with an oil wheel of your choice: violet/red, violet/green, blue/red, blue/yellow, red/yellow, blue/green and violet/blue. Etched graphic wheels that project a colorful image are also available.
The Space Projector makes for great party mood lighting, but it’s also a fun distraction for a hyper kiddo. It can be helpful in a sensory room, and as a nightlight it helps vanquish nightmare monsters and lull little ones to sleep.
I’ll warn you though: the Space Projector is a connoisseur of procrastination tactics, and is highly skilled at distracting your offspring from getting homework done. My, my, where does the time go when I’m watching evil amoebas attack each other or pretending I’m at my own private psychedelic 60s concert? This projector is far out.