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Interactive Lotus Dome Creates ‘Techno-Church’

Wednesday 10.24.2012 , Posted by

Deep inside the 17th century Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille, France lies an interactive installation that puts a futuristic twist on the Renaissance style. The LOTUS DOME, created by Studio Roosegaarde consists of a 4 x 2 meter curved wall with hundreds of ultra-light aluminium flowers, lamps, sensors, software and other media. The interactive lotus “flowers” respond to approaching people by folding open, with their light slowly following the people, creating play between light and shadow. Accompanied by a deep bass sound, the Renaissance environment becomes more of a ‘Techno-Church’ when this interactive installation is in action. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #282 > On A Lighter Note…

Tuesday 10.02.2012 , Posted by



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Interactive Crystals React to Light and Sound

Monday 09.24.2012 , Posted by

It seems the near future of technology will be all about how it interacts with the humans it serves. Cars which can drive you where you want to go without touching the wheel; computers which search the web without lifting a finger; and music and lighting which knows when to come on as you enter a room. Even artwork is harnessing these expanding technologies, providing interactive experiences for observers which go beyond the traditional museum fare. [Read more...]

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Over 6,000 Light Bulbs Become An Interactive Cloud

Thursday 09.20.2012 , Posted by

For this year’s Nuit Blanche arts festival in Calgary, artist Caitlind Brown created an interactive display that looks like a giant rain cloud, inviting viewers to control the lighting from beneath. The CLOUD is made up of over 6,000 incandescent light bulbs, over 5,000 of which were cleverly recycled burnt out donations collected through her site. By pulling on the rain strings, users can control the movement of lightning throughout the cloud. The installation was a great success, bringing smiles to the users’ faces as they interacted with its strings, creating a lightning dance for those surrounding the magnificent work. [Read more...]

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Creative Switching Light Sculptures by Ian Burns

Sunday 09.16.2012 , Posted by

What happens when an analytic mind gets creative? For Australian engineer and artist Ian Burns, it’s an amazing set of switching light installations. By using magnifying glasses to focus the filaments of lightbulbs onto a wall, he has created intricate sets of switches that project words that morph before your eyes. [Read more...]

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These Aren’t Photos: Hyper-Realistic City Paintings

Wednesday 06.27.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to believe, even on the second or third glance, but these images aren’t photographs: they are actually amazingly realistic paintings by artist Nathan Walsh. Almost everything about these large scale works serves to deceive our eye into thinking that they are images of real-life: the shadows, colors, bright spots of sunlight and reflections are nearly perfect in their realism. It’s an impressive feat of skill and patient dedication to the creation process. [Read more...]

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Illuminated Darkness Creates A Land of Fantasy

Sunday 06.17.2012 , Posted by

Imagine a fantasy world where the stars of the night sky shine from the within the surface of the Earth. This is the illusion that photographer Lee Eunyeol has created in his latest series of photos, “Starry Night.” He fashioned the mysterious landscapes in a large studio by capturing the scenes before and after the electric bulbs were installed. According to the artist, “Starry Night expresses private spaces given by night and various emotions that are not able to be defined and described in the space.” [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #190> Amazing Structures And Designs

Thursday 05.17.2012 , Posted by

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Calabarte: Lamps That Paint With Light

Friday 09.23.2011 , Posted by

Carving gourds is an old and beautiful art form that I’ve seen many times before, but I’ve never seen anything like the lighted gourds of Polish artist Przemek. His dried creations are carefully perforated and carved, then lighted from inside to cast intricate and flowing patterns on the walls surrounding. Each lamp, because it was originally created by nature, is unique. Find out more about his work, and how to get one at calabarte.com, then get social on Facebook, Deviantart or Flickr. [Read more...]

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Simply Illuminating: Surreal Light Illustrations

Monday 06.27.2011 , Posted by

We’ve covered the clever work of Tang Yau Hoong before, but this Malaysia based designer continues to create positively smart illustrations that really catch the eye and mind. He’s been working recently on a series of ‘Surreal Light’ pieces that play with the representation of the light beam and in so doing bends the possibilities of reality and illuminates us with his subtly upbeat message. For more on Tang’s work, see tangyauhoong.com [Read more...]

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