Playing homage to James Turrell, ITP student Matthew Richard has built this pretty sweet kinetic light sculpture, an area of work that I am really interested in. 80 RGB LEDs create a animated color field painting by letting the light itself mix together on a canvas. The 2 LEDs are placed at the tips of 40 arms that are arranged in a circle and controlled by 40 servos. One LED faces towards the center of the circle and the other faces away from the center. Subtle differences in servo timing and LED values create color patterns resemble wasting sunsets and sunrises melding and disappearing.
Said Richard: “I wanted to create a living color field painting using a mechanical interface instead of a projector.”
Here’s a documentation video: