Burning Man – Inspired by movement on the surface of the sun, theCelestial Fields responsive light-installation by British student Eleanor Cranke allows free movement and expression thanks to 610 luminous stems triggering a pulsating light animation of light springing from the sand of the desert.
Each perspex rod is coated in 2-way mirror film and fixed to a spring on a plywood base that sits just below the surface of the playa, the wide open area between the Man and Black Rock City. Internally a strip of low power RGB LEDs is controlled by a tilt switch. This circuit switches the colour of light being emitted from white when stationary, to red when an interaction is sensed. Each rod reacts independently to movement, but as a crowd moves through the installation their path will be marked by a red light. The result is a wave of light responding to the astronomical glow of starry nights.
“Celestial Fields grew from a trip I made to India. Seeing how entire civilisations planned their lives, religion and cities around the behaviour of the sun.” Says Eleanor Cranke to Archipanic.
“However, the installation looks more closely at the science behind those behaviours – in particular the movements recently observed on the sun’s surface. These movements, millions of miles away, affect us here on earth. Celestial Fields bring this interaction to the surface of our planet”
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Celestial Fields will glow from September 27 until August 4 in Burning Man’s temporary metropolis Black Rock City. The city rises from the desert just for the duration of the festival and tunes with the ‘Leave No Trace’ policy. According to that, the instalation has been design to be reused or recycled after the festival.
Eleanor Cranke, an architecture student at Westminster University in London, worked with a team of fellow students, structural engineers and programmers. “We now have a design that is in production worldwide”. To support the remaining few days of the project, check the team’s Kickstarter campaign.
All images: courtesy of Eleanor Cranke.