16 May 2013

Floe



Floe is a kinetic glass sculpture created by four artists and designers from different backgrounds and professions from the Royal College of Art, London; Lida Marinkova (mixed media and textiles), Ozgun Kilic (animation), Oluwaseyi Sosanya (innovation design engineering), Pierre Paslier (innovation design engineering).

"The piece is inspired by formations and movement found in nature, it embodies the shape and movement of ice drifting on the surface of the North Atlantic. The glass structure is combined with a simple wave movement and light bringing life to the piece. An interactive element was essential to the project; the audience influences the movement and light intensity with their presence." See more;

"This is the first prototype of an on going project, using a continuous rotation servo motor(+arduino), a distance sensor to track the presence of the audience in the environment changing the speed of rotation accordingly. A single beamer as a light source adds another layer to the whole - that being random shapes created on the walls as a result of light rays reflecting from/breaking through extremely thin glass layers."

The process started off with Pierre Paslier’s experimentation with kinetic structures using mdf and manual movement, check it out in the two videos [1] [2]