Chromapollination

About Project

Chromapollination is an interactive light sculpture that reclaimed a neglected urban space in Sydney’s CBD and transformed that space into a playful and inviting city organism. Sprawling from cracks in the concrete, giant glowing dandelions project colour and motion onto and around passersby and festival participants.

Each flower sculpture was built from a series of connected cable ties attached to an aluminium core, placed in turn on top of an aluminium pole, rooted on a heavy steel plate base. The top of the flower was embedded with RGB fibre optics (so that a wide gamut of colours could be depicted).

The installation ceiling consisted of a fine mesh of aluminium embedded with modules of RGB LEDs, working therefore as pixels on a large 3D screen hanging from the top. Animation on those pixels produced the effect of pollen flowing from one flower to another, carried by the wind created by the audience moving below.

Several different technologies were used in the piece: an Ethernet controlled LED array and daisy-chained optic fibres for lighting coupled with sensors (sonars and infra-red motion sensors) linked to Arduino boards. Those, in turn, sent data to the computer controlling the LED array so that a 3D animation could be played on it, thus achieving the effect of "light seeds" flowing from one flower to another.

TEAM

Collaboration with Luke Hespanhol, Martin Tomitsch, Stephanie Fynn, Wendy Davis, Warren Julian, Pablo Lamarca, Jorge Curtidor, Glen Anderson, Bettina Easton and Haley Laurence. 

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