Balance. It is my driving force and approach to all things surrounding me as i continue to grow and learn about life. Which inspired me to take this concept as a muse for this interactive installation. It inspired and steered the entire process - from concept to final execution.
I chose copper as my medium, starting with 40 ft of wire and a 1.5 sq ft sheet. I soldered the wires into a grid, after which I manipulated it to make a silhouette representing the human face.
Shaping the features of the face was a challenge, continuous forming and soldering gave way to the desired outcome.
I then painted it in the two elemental colors of gold and silver. Gold has long symbolized power, strength and perfection. In contrast silver symbolizes intuition, inner wisdom, and contemplation.
The installation serves to act as a convergence for two opposing forces.Thus,when attained by an individual in balance, creates perfect harmony for a beautiful life.
After 600+ soldering joints, several alterations and exhaustively tested patience, the face was finally ready. Leading in to building an interactive stand for display.
Initial stand conceptualization enabled the installation to be experienced only when a person would stand in front of it, after which it would start rotating and showing it's two faces(the balance). Another feature was to reset the position of the face, when a person leaves it's proximity.
After extensive iteration, I made a wooden platform which stood on roller bearings and a circular wooden panel with dents on opposite ends withheld by a DC motor shaft in the centre.
The contraption included a circuit with a micro controller and a PIR(Passive Infrared Sensor) sensor, enabling aforementioned parameters to enrich the viewer's experience.