Interactive motion-sensing sculptures that reflect your silhouette
Lewin’s Edison series is a group of works that merge contemporary LED technology and interactivity with the historical incandescent lightbulb invented by Thomas Edison. In 2012, Edison bulbs ceased to be produced in the USA, prompting Lewin to begin this series using hand-blown glass bulbs custom designed to utilize LED light.
The original orb-shaped forms used in the Edison series evolved from the reuse of molds used to create The Pool in 2008.
The BRAZE CLOUD is a cluster of five interactive orbs that utilize custom code and heat-mapping technology to reflect the motions of people below onto the sculpture.
The BROOKFIELD CLOUD is comprised of eight glass orbs made of welded metal rings with thousands of interactive LEDs attached. Using custom code written by the artist and heat-mapping technology, these clusters are programmed to reflect people moving below—glowing white, blue and purple. Featuring old-fashioned, handmade elements with complex interactive systems, this sculpture creates an interactive experience where people can control the forms seen in the clouds with their movements.
The TULSA CLOUD at Gathering Place consists of six glass orbs made of welded metal rings with thousands of interactive LEDs attached. Built using over 2,100 custom glass bulbs with hand-embedded RGB pixel LEDs and heat-sensing technology, it twinkles and shifts as participants move underneath it. The bulbs take the shape of Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, which went out of production in the USA in 2012. Bringing together an old-fashioned aesthetic with high-tech electronics, it creates an interactive experience where people can control the shapes seen in the clouds with their movements.
Composed of 5,000 hand-welded metal rings, 3,000 vintage Edison bulbs, 3,000 hand-glued white LEDS, 3,000 custom cables, and over 60 custom controllers, the first EDISON CLOUD represents both an old-fashioned and handmade mentality. By walking under the sculpture you will see a ghostly shadow above you, as if you are reflected by the sculpture. This work aims to create an experience in which the movement of your body brings both beauty and form to these digital glass clouds.
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