Self-Sustaining Sculpture Proposal – NTU Product Design IV (Spring 2016)
This was one of my group’s proposals for a self-sustaining sculpture to be put in a newly constructed open-air canopy area in the center of the university.
I was responsible for the branding and layout of this presentation, as well as the gestural sculpture, renderings and story of Shimmer.
Shimmer is a translucent solar-paneled sculpture placed in an area that plays host to many student-led events. The stage looks out onto a large space that echoes harshly and feels overwhelmingly empty. Shimmer’s placement affords presenters a feeling of intimacy, whilst being cognizant of the view for the upper floor. During the day, Shimmer collects power through the bubble canopy, and embedded servos actuate individual scales to move on randomized programs to refract the sunlight. At night, the embedded LED’s in the rims of each scale project light through the translucent panels, offering a shimmering spectacle until the morning.
Underwater images courtesy of Bettydiver – BettyDiver – Flickr