Graffiti definitely gets a bad rap sometimes… but what about graffiti created with water and light? Just take a squirt gun, spray bottle – even a bucket – and throw it at this very different wall and it lights up where wet. It was a magical nighttime experience the people of Poitiers, France are sure to remember.
Created by Antonin Fourneau, an artist/designer/magician working in residence at Digitalarti France’s innovative Artlab, the project is the magic of the fablab (Maker Space, techshop, whatever) made manifest. Fourneau custom built the wall after several tries, prototypes and material improvements, so that when it comes in contact with water, individual LEDs – thousands of them – light up upon contact. It’s almost as if this water has special light emitting properties. The science behind the piece looks fairly simple (we’re left with a language barrier at the moment), but we’re guessing it involves basic printed circuits which connect only by the droplets of water.
The piece was installed in Poitiers from July 22nd through the 24th and allowed inhabitants of all ages to fully express themselves on the star-like lighted canvas. It’s the perfect recipe for a warm, magical summer night. For more information on Fourneau’s Water Light Graffiti, you can see images on Digitalarti’s Facebook or check out this post.