Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"FreePlay" Self Powered Lantern

Trevor Baylis (British, born London, 1937)
Freeplay Energy USA, Inc.
ca. 1994
ABS plastic, metal, nylon and reinforced materials, NiCd battery, Xenon light bulb
H. 7, W. 10, D. 5 1/2 in. (17.8 x 25.4 x 14.0 cm)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
The innovative wind-up spring mechanism powering this flashlight was first conceived to operated a radio that needed neither battery nor electricity. Trevor Baylis initially designed these self-powered objects for use in third-world communities where access to electricity is limited or non-existent and the cost of batteries prohibitively expensive. A rechargeable battery stored within the flashlight body provides an additional energy source.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005.

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