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
7 × 10 × 5 1/2 in. (17.8 × 25.4 × 14 cm) Weight: 4.3 lb. (2 kg)
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.
private collection (until 2001; their gift to MMA)

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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