Zodiac


Zodiac is done and installed. The premise of Zodiac is that I was asked by the Oceanside Museum of Art to make a display of the various zodiac symbols as a decor item for a show called “The Zodiac Lounge”.  That’s why below I did the shift registers to control a whole bunch of outputs. The original idea was a display that would cycle through lighting LEDs representing all the star arrangements. Well I wouldn’t know one from another on a star chart and I’m thinking most people wouldn’t. So… Zodiac became a new way to communicate with old ideas. I’m using light and sound to make morse code symbols. So the LEDs light up to make dashes and dots while the music is also written to incorporate morse code.  I made the piece out of cold rolled steel and powder coated it silver on the outside and flat black on the inside. There is a curved panel of smoky plexiglass in front of all those light pipes. Here’s what the back of  the design looks like.

Back of the box showing electronics and light pipes

Back of the box showing electronics and light pipes

I could have made a nice little circuit board and then routed the wiring in the front of the little light pipes as I originally planned, but I didn’t do that yet. It needs a more permanent home for that kind of investment. This is a little messy with the wire bundles but from the front it’s never seen, another advantage to the smoky plexiglass.
So the basic installation looked something like this. Better pictures are coming…
Zodiac installation

Zodiac installation

  1. #1 by Nora, Empress of the Universe on January 19, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    i want video, please

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