“The Living Orb” Motion-Sensing Light Sculpture Traveling to Artlink Contemporary Gallery, Indiana
by Daric Gill
In its first debut since being completely re-built for new action, The Living Orb has been accepted into the Artlink Contemporary Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Living Orb is a motion-sensing sculpture that when presented with movement, wakes up and slowly pulses a white light. The wooden sphere is made from hand bent poplar laminations. Inside the sphere is a small brain; a circuit board called an Arduino that can be reprogrammed to do multiple tasks at once. A motion sensor picks up activity and tells white LED strips to ‘breathe’ with life. Artlink Regional Exhibition is juried by Danielle Riede.
Exhibition Dates: January 5, 2018 – Feb 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m
Location: ARTLINK 300 E Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Driving Directions (courtesy of Google Maps)
Today will be a short but exciting entry! I’m ecstatic to announce that MAKE: magazine has written an online article covering my latest kinetic light sculpture, “The Living Orb”. If you’re not familiar with the magazine, it’s a quarterly periodical and online leader of the maker movement. They are an amazing source for project tutorials, art & design blogs, electronics reviews, skill-building, and the fantastic projects & imaginations of interesting people across the globe.
It’s a true honor to be acknowledged by MAKE:. A special thanks goes to contributing writer, Jeremy Cook who also happens to be a skilled engineer/maker. You can give him some online love at his website, DIYTripods.com or follow him on Twitter.
It’s been a wonderfully busy summer so far! Along with a myriad of other art opportunities, I’ve been diligently working on a new sculpture that has just been placed in one of Columbus’ City Parks. I’m quite proud to debut The Living Orb, a mixed medium sculpture that has a slowly pulsing white light that activates as the sun goes down.
My sculpture is a part of the Find Me in the Park- It’s TREEmendous project, an initiative organized by the Columbus Parks & Recreations that encourages community members to investigate our city parks in a new way. Located on the east side of the Goodale Park (across from the Pizzuti Collection), The Living Orb is my interpretation of a mini-treehouse. It’s solar powered and hangs roughly 15 ft up in the air. Continue to learn about the making of.