Gourd lamp that looks like an eye
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Polish artist Przemek Krawczyński uses dried calabash gourds to create mesmerizing hand-carved lamps that project brilliant, geometric patterns against the surrounding walls and furniture.

"By day, my lamp is a unique sculpture," Krawczyńsk writes," [and by] night, the light breathes new life into that sculpture, seeping through intricately carved wood and passing through thousands of holes."

"Fluorescence" gourd lamp
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To create these one-of-a-kind lamps, Krawczyński begins with an initial sketching and charting stage and then moves on to processing the actual gourd — a meticulous undertaking that includes "cleaning, engraving, carving, perforating, painting and protecting."

He finishes the piece by inserting the lighting elements into the gourd and then attaching it to a custom lamp base.

Mapping out design on calabash squash
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Depending on the complexity of the design, it takes anywhere between two and four months to complete one of these gourd lamps. However, once they are finished, they can last for many, many years as long as they are handled with care and kept inside away from the elements.

Continue below to see more of these spectacular gourd lamps in both the daylight and in the dark, and check out more of Krawczyński's work on his website.

"Questa" gourd lamp
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'Evolution' gourd lamp
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'Affirma' gourd lamp
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Spiky gourd lamp
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Trippy gourd lamp
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Beautiful gourd lamp
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Eye-like gourd lamp
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