Certainly one of the strangest, if not slightly inappropriate use, of a religious figure. TON Art inexplicably decided the Buddha would not only make for a dramatic decorative lighting piece, but also should hide and house a speaker system (for enjoying monk chants, perhaps?). Buddhist elements as decor is a controversial issue in itself, but this $43,000 lighting and audio decorative item might take the cake.
From the TON Art site:
The Floating Buddha serenely floats on a bed of light – an illusion created by invisible acrylic rods that sit on top of an inverted base covered in 23k gold leaf. Two lights provide the dramatic lighting effects: one, pointing at the bottom of the Buddha which is also gold-leafed and lacquered as is the whole Buddha; the other pointing down onto an internal golden pyramid containing four 5" speakers, disburses its light through the hand-hammered holes in the metal box.
Dimensions / Weight
·Height: 74"; Width: 35"; Depth: 26"; Weight 150 lbs.
·Fiberglass, plywood, acrylic tubes, galvanized metal, fabric, 23K gold leaf
- Four 5" Dual Centric Speakers
- Average/Peak Power: 60/240 W
- Frequency Range: 80 - 54 khz
- Crossover Frequency: 2.5 khz
- Nom. Imedance @ Sug. Amp Output: 8 Ohm @ 120 W
·One 20W Halogen ( 9V w/built-in transformer ); built-in switch & dimmer
Yeah, something tells us our Buddhist-raised girlfriend isn't going to be fond of the notion of a gold leaf, $43,000 audio and lighting decorative item. What next? A HTPC Virgin Mary?