With daylight hours severely reduced in winter, ASW design students decided to give the community an uplifting surprise in the form of amazing light installations popping up around school! Here the designers talk about their creations.
Infinity Mirror project - Andrea & Filip
Andrea and Filip worked together to create an optical illusion known as an infinity mirror. Their project is composed of a painted wooden frame, glass and LED tape. 'Making the frame was difficult - we worked through trial and error to get the infinity effect to work' said Filip. 'It would have had a bigger effect if it was smaller' said Andrea, but 'overall it is very eye-catching, especially in the dark' said Filip. 'The best part was plugging it in and… it worked!' said a smiling Andrea.
Light Rings - Jan
Jan created a series of illuminated rings of coloured light. He created 8 rings, each one slightly smaller than the next, from wood and LED tape, which he ordered himself from a supplier in Krakow. Each ring was placed 1 metre apart in order of size giving the impression, from one perspective, of looking into a tunnel of light. This was a fun, interactive installation that gave ASW students much joy as they encountered it in the hallway - 'I wanted the kids to have fun and be happy' said Jan.
Bendy Light Tree - Taylor
In the spirit of the holiday season, Taylor wanted to create a tree-style installation. She found a concept online and adapted it to her design, working it out through trial and error, explaining that 'in the end it looked better than I was expecting, which was a happy surprise'. Figuring out what would work within the budget was a challenge, as the design needed adapting as it took form. The tree is composed of a painted wooden base, with flexible pipes acting as the branches, each one supporting a single, color-changing LED light bulb. 'I wanted people to feel like they could interact with it, and to feel festive when they did' she said. As her first major project, she was very happy with the result.
Light Cloud - Haruka
When Haruka saw a special lamp design at a 'Maker' festival, she liked the concept because it 'warms up the place.' Haruka's cloud is composed of a PVC pipe mesh, wired up with multi-coloured lights. She originally wanted the cloud to feature a pull string that could be pulled to change the colour of the lights but, since it was intended for the Elementary School, 'I realised it would be a safety hazard, so I adjusted the design' she explains. When the cloud was finished and installed above the ES entrance, the whole structure drooped downward 'an unexpected advantage, as it made it look more like a cloud' she said. Haruka makes small art projects at home, but this is her biggest project so far.
Interactive Light Board (on-going) - Aron
When he's not building electric go-karts at home, Aron is creating ASW's first interactive light board! Following a design he found on the website Instructables, Aron's light board is composed of three free-standing 2x1 metre wooden boards supporting a circuit of LED 'pixels'. Acquiring these pixels was a big challenge, according to Aron, who had to contact suppliers in Krakow and eventually China before he managed to find the right kind. He also enlisted the help of his friend's mom to bring him the correct 'pixel pusher' hardware - she kindly packed it into her luggage on a trip back to Poland from the US!
Eventually the light board will be wirelessly programmable using an iPad app, and users will be able to draw patterns with their finger that will then appear on the board. For the moment ‘we are stuck with the Pixel Pusher - it isn’t receiving the pixels from the iPad application’ said Aron. But as soon as that technical issue is resolved, the light board will be lighting up ASW's hallways for all to enjoy!
Update: The light board is working! Check this video of it in action, and an interview with the designer: