折鶴 by Molten Immersive Art
(Adelaide, Australia, 2019)
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The orizuru (折鶴 ori- “folded,” tsuru “crane”), or paper crane, is considered to be the most elegant of all Japanese origami creations.
Adelaide’s Molten Immersive Art collective used this classic design as the inspiration for a daring, suspended 3D optical illusion, commissioned as part of the Games For Peace component of the Waging Peace exhibition at the University of South Australia’s MOD. museum/gallery.
Constructed from a mixture of acrylic sheeting and custom-made LumiSheet™ LED panels from Melbourne’s Platform Creative, the lighting aspect of the installation was controlled using ENTTEC technology.
The programming for the light panels was sent through a console, via an ENTTEC RDS4 splitter and into two ENTTEC Pixie Drivers (with Pixie Linkers). A series of PLink CVC3s then fed data from these into the LED panels in order to illuminate exactly the right parts in order to create the illusion of a 3D paper crane when viewed from a particular spot within the gallery.
An incredibly smart piece of light art indeed.
Platform Creative‘s Rich Walker joins Ryan Stephens, Creative Director of Molten Interactive Art, as they talk us through the project …
We used our LumiSheet™ panels, which we design, manufacture and deliver to clients on a daily basis for projects throughout Australia and NZ (Standard lead time is 7-10 business days from order to shipping). The LEDs are internal, LM80-certified and are engineered specifically for this product. Supplied as a one-piece sealed unit, the panels are finished with patented heat sink technology to maximise the life span of the LEDs. They work by carrying light across a surface created with our patent 3D v-cutting grid system. By altering the pitch of this light-carrying grid, we can optimise its brightness and uniformity to the unique specifications of the client.
We wanted to allow Molten to fully evaluate the product first, so we designed a prototype panel with LEDs around the whole perimeter. This sample panel had three cable exits so that they could evaluate the brightness and effects using each individual LED side. It turned out that the whole thing was too bright, and that using the LEDs on only one edge provided the perfect illumination with a slight gradient effect.
Project design, creation + installation: LumiSheet™ LED light panels: Lighting Control System: Commissioned by:
Behold! The finished installation and its brilliant illusion is revealed in this video.
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