Exciting Updates at High Tech Art!


I am pleased to report that as of February 26, 2014, we completed some business changes.

  • We at High Tech Art will now be calling the Lichtenberg Figures we sell “Novas.” That distinguishes them from other fine companies and people who sell them. What we used to call a “trigger point” will now be called a “Spark.”
  • We have updated and enhanced our web site. It now shows more products and more cross-references between products, making it easier for you to find things. We’ve also updated our Search field to catch more references. So click on “Shop” at the top of each page to see our product categories, and click on one that interests you. Click on one of the “Tags” on the right-hand-side of each page, to get a group of related products. Or simply browse through our products.
  • Best of all, I am pleased to announce that we are accepting requests from retailers to sell our products. That will get our products out where folks can see them. Novas really have to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Interested businesses can e-mail me at info at

Come on in and browse. 🙂

Colleen Kobe


High Tech Art is Moving to the Village of Calumet, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

MI_49913Calumet, Michigan.  May 1-July 31, 2013.  High Tech Art is moving to the village of Calumet, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

MI from Google Maps 2The move is taking place so that our employees can live in one of the most beautiful lands in the country, surrounded by rocks, hills, trees, and water. We will reopen for business on August 1. See Colleen’s blog entry for June 17, 2013, for more details.

Once the move is complete, products will once again be available to order.

On the Drawing Board:

We will also be able to begin designing and building new products.  Here is a list of the products on our horizon.

  • Wood LED light bases and frames.  I will hire local or Midwest artisans to manufacture high-quality, LED-lit wood bases and frames.
  • Lighted battery-powered mini-frames to hold 3″D Lichtenberg ornaments, so that they can be hung anywhere.
  • Lighted A/C mini-frames to hold 3″D Lichtenberg ornaments, so that they can be hung on an existing LED light string.
  • ROUND Lichtenberg figures, which will require custom-made round light bases and frames to display the Lichtenbergs. These  will be manufactured in the United States, probably in the Midwest.
  • Spoiler alert!  Moving away from Lichtenbergs entirely, in the future, we will offer a variety of iris windows.  The irises would be similar to a camera iris in design, and are intended to provide a very different alternative to window curtains.  They’ll be made to fit square windows, and be composed of either stainless steel, brass, or polymer.

We Met David Lee Pancake At Capricon 33

David Pancake with Colleen Kobe in the Capricon 33 Dealer's Room

David Lee Pancake with Colleen Kobe in the Capricon 33 Dealer’s Room

We had the great good fortune for our Capricon 33 Dealer’s table to be set beside the amazing 3D artist David Lee Pancake. He sculpted an 8″ little guy during the con. What a pleasure it was to watch his skillful rendering in real time!

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Sculpture by David Pancake. Image credit and copyright: David Lee Pancake

Sculpture by David Lee Pancake. Image credit and copyright: David Lee Pancake

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High-Tech-Art at Capricon 33

Capricon 33 Dealer's Room TableImage Credit: Bert Hickman

Capricon 33 Dealer’s Room Table. Image Credit: Bert Hickman

Dragon 11-2012Todd Johnson,  Bert Hickman and Colleen Kobe have teamed up for the weekend to display their Lichtenberg creations at Capricon 33 in Wheeling Illinois.

Stop by and see us at our Dealer’s Table, and see our pieces in the Art Show!

Chicon 7

Chicon 7 LogoLichtenberg artists Bert Hickman, Todd Johnson, and I (Colleen Kobe) are very proud to be displaying our Lichtenberg figures in both the Chicon 7 Dealer Room, and the Art Show!

Chicon 7 is the 70th World Science Fiction Convention.  It takes place August 30-September 3, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois.  This convention changes location every year, and we are fortunate to have it so close to us geographically in 2012.

We will be selling our work at the High Tech Art dealer room table.  Everything from patterned-all-over spheres, blocks, and cubes to masked works of angels, stars, and dandelions will be available to purchase.  NEW at Chicon will be my “ornament” line of Lichtenbergs:  3″ diameter disks containing images of winter holidays such as snowflakes and four-pointed stars, as well as anytime images like hearts and peace signs.  Or you may choose an all-over ornament triggered from the face center, or from an edge.  I will also offer several styles of light bases to showcase your ornament.

In the art show, I will be displaying two-color works.  A two-color work features two sheets of acrylic, lit in different colors.  The subjects include a dragon, rocket ship, and planet Saturn.  Todd Johnson will also be displaying his work in the Chicon Art show.

Chicon will be the DEBUT EVENT for many of these pieces:  they have never been on display to the public before.  Please be sure to stop by!

Making A Lichtenberg Sculpture

This video shows the triggering of a 12 inch square Lichtenberg.

Acrylic is run through a 5 Million Electron Volt beam, and come out crackling with energy. You “trigger” it by poking an edge with a sharp object, the dielectric fails, and all the electrons in the acrylic find their way to ground (and if you’re not careful the path of least resistance to ground is thru YOU!)