Few of us will ever have the chance to visit outer space, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring space to us! And what better way to do that than with these beautiful moon and planet lamps by Pulsar Moonlight, available to purchase on Etsy.
They’re made from recycled outdoor/garden globes by Maria Elena, a Rome-based Italian astrophysicist, and no two are the same as each one is decorated by hand using non-toxic paint. As well as the moon there are several planets to choose from including Jupiter, Neptune, and Mars, and Maria Elena paints them using scientific pictures as a reference to ensure that the craters and depressions are as close to the real thing as possible. So if you’re looking for a unique lamp that’s truly out of this world, Pulsar Moonlight has just the thing.
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“Every moon has six layers, each to give a different effect,” Maria Elena told Bored Panda. “To make one moon takes about 4-6 hours of work”
“For the planet, it takes longer because there are more layers and, in some places, the color is very thick so it dries very slowly”
“I use outdoor/garden globes (recycled or upcycled), that I hand-paint with atoxic materials using scientific pictures as a reference”
“NASA often releases new images, so I have to study them and change my paintings according to new discoveries”
“It’s like the real moon you see up in the sky: you can tell the depressions, the craters, etc”
Maria Elena says she came up with the idea when looking for ways to raise money for animal charities
“Until now (I started 2 years ago), every single penny I earned went to charity”
“I try to help any kind of animal, but, so far, I rescued only dogs and cats”
“At the moment I live with 8 adult cats”
“Every day, before painting, I do my yoga practice, to give to the moon a good vibe and energy”
“As an astrophysicist I am quite rational, but I believe that…people can feel I have put my best efforts to give them something positive that can spread joy and peace”
You can buy these lamps on Etsy