Blue LED, 2018
Screenprint ink, conductive screenprint ink, digital print, paint, tape, paper, and a blue LED
2. 25” x 4.25” x 1.5” (each) Edition of 20
Artist facsimiles, made entirely out of paper, of the world's very first LED that glowed blue.
The first Blue LED was invented in 1972 by a young materials researcher at RCA named Herbert Paul Maruska. By 1974, RCA internally collapsed, cutting all further research on the blue LED. It would not be until the late 1980s and early 1990s when three Japanese Engineers, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura. Their developments would earn them a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014.