UTS lights up the London winter!
The wintery London landscape at Kew Gardens just got an injection of light and colour with some help from UTS…
Sam Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer and Co-director, Creativity and Cognition Studios, School of Software, and has been working overseas recently, including on a major installation in to bring Christmas cheer to visitors at Kew.
The Gardens’ twilight Christmas light show includes Bloom, 1,700 swaying ‘flowers’, with each head delicately flickering and changing colour. It was designed by Squidsoup, an international, open group of artists and collaborators, working with digital and interactive media.
“I’ve been working with the international lighting installation group SquidSoup on the programming for Bloom. This included programming all the devices themselves, and also in the design and testing stages, with a lot of the technical work done by DigiStump,” said Sam.
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“Bloom is built from 1000 separate ball-shaped pixels that are also individual computers. They all act independently, but as they are networked, we can command them all to behave at the same time. Each has GPS, wifi, and an accelerometer and they all make sound, as well as RGB (red, blue, green) light. Because the GPS locates them, we can send pattern commands to all of them and they will respond differently according to where they are. They also emit sounds – so 1000+ devices can be quite a cacophony!”
The blooms cover an area of 100m by 20m, creating a colour field bringing seasonal cheer in the lead up to and after Christmas 22 November through to 2 January. Check out a video showing the lights at night