A team of four assigned to make an installation for 'The Lost Party', a music and arts festival in India
The idea behind the installation was to make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible, while ensuring major impact when seen for the first time. In order to make this happen, we decided to make a massive cube shaped structure that pulsates with light and vivid colors. Being a cubic structure, there were six faces that needed to be represented. Given the theme of the festival was ‘being lost’, it was decided the theme should be extended across to the installation
It was apparent that using a ‘maze’ as a symbol for ‘being lost’ might be a good idea. For greater visual impact, a ‘whirlpool’ like motif was introduced
It was critical to embody the spirit of a party. After further brainstorming, it became clear the best direction forward would be to incorporate bright lights in multiple colors as an idle state for the installation. When triggered, it needed to suggest vitality and energy, thus it was decided the triggered state would involve rapidly fluctuating lights, much like a strobe
Given the idea was to build a massive cube - we chose to build a cube, 4*4*4 ft in dimension, made out of wood and acrylic. With six available faces, one was assigned to the sponsor’s branding, four adjacent faces were imagined to be the representation of a maze. As an easter egg, or a hidden joke, each face also included the letters L-O-S-T hidden within the maze-like shape. To suggest the ‘whirlpool’ like motif, the final face was designed to be a pattern of concentric circles.
These patterns were to be cut in wood and stuck on white translucent acrylic sheets which enabled the light to pass through it, thus creating the perfect recipe for an installation that suggests energy and vitality, while also hinting at the theme of ‘being lost’.
To further enhance it's appeal, we made it interactive.Using a second structure, the audience could change the LED colors and frequency enabled by a circuit that would activate on proximity of one’s hands.
Constructing the structure of the cube
Laser cute maze like patterns, painted and stuck on translucent acrylic sheets
The electronics consisted of 4 high power 50 watt LEDs, to light each face of the cube. The circuitry and console were made wholly by my teammate, an electronics guru
Being very heavy, the cube was made to stand on a structurally firm platform, held on diagonally on one corner through the triangular inset. This was made using plywood and beams
To add interaction, a podium like console was constructed with a PIR(Passive Infrared sensor) attached behind the blue acrylic panel. Placing ones hand on the silhouette would activate an exhilirating strobe.