Eternal was the outcome of a speculative project with University and Jason Bruges Studio. The brief was to design an interactive installation to be held within Russell square during the summer holidays, combing the story of saving the lorax and the importance of movement to produce co2 for the trees.
The installation encourages the public to use movement via bikes to power the installation; thus the user also benefiting their wellbeing. The more users and the faster they pedal, the more pixels created symbolising CO2 molecules. As the CO2 molecules increase it drives the mechancial leaves to unvail until finally releasing oxygen in the form of bubbles.
The installation opens when movement is detected using a motion sensor. The more movement there is the more the form unvails, a decrease in movement results in the form closing up again. The shape was inspired by that of leaf cells and the overall form of a tree.
The installation also has motion sensors that detect the movement of passers triggering the pixels to move, although a stronger force needs to be produced to open the flower forms this is where the bikes come in.
Continuing with the theme of CO2 molecules again, the installation is powered by bikes to drive a motor to then open up the flower forms the more people use it. Therefore demonstrating how by moving we produce CO2 which trees need.
Inside of a leaf, bubbles could represent oxygen produced from the CO2 molecules
Close up of opening flower form, when open pixels glow using LEDS.
- Powered by bikes
- Inspiration from leaf cells
When people run around and make movement the small sphere balls rise representing co2 molecules. Proximty sensors detect when users get closer to the installation, where the amount of molecules will increase the closer you get to the installation. The molecules and plants at the top help symbolically demonstrate growth and the importance.
Installation in Russel Square, no one is currently using the installation.
One person interacts with the installation, CO2 molecules (pixels) are produced when the user uses the bike. This then causes one of the leaves to open.
Another person joins and more molecules are released, nearly all the leaves open. When the molecules reach the leaf structures, the molecules turn blue symbolising being changed into oxygen.
Three people are now powering the installation all the leaves have opened up and eject oxygen in the form of bubbles!!
The pixels (picture element) will consist of a green circle that represents CO2 molecules, the screen will release more pixels per second depending on the amount of people using the bikes and how fast they are pedaling.
The power produced by the motor, activates fans positioned within the leaf forms which will then spin, along with rotating circular shapes which therefore forces the air through the rotating wheel which is submerged in soap and water to eventually make bubbles.
The backdrop to the installation was inspired by the patterns formed in leaf cells; tightly compressed and interlocking segments. Representing whats happening inside the leaves.
The pixels (picture element) will consist of a green circle that represents CO2 molecules, the screen release more pixels per second depending on the amount of people using the bikes and how fast they are pedaling.