Wireless LED Art – Studio Roosegaarde’s Crystal LED Art Installation

Posted on October 22, 2013

Wireless LED art featuring little crystal structures that power on when they come in contact with the floor?  We love it!

New from Studio Roosegaarde, an excellent project for Dutch Design Week 2013 – meet “Crystal,” an interactive LED project made for interpersonal communication!

Crystal by Studio Roosegaarde from Dezeen on Vimeo.

This project features hundreds upon thousands of little LED-containing poly crystals that were formed by the studio — as the user places them onto the ground, which contains a magnetic field to power the LEDs, they illuminate, allowing the person placing the crystals to create words, shapes, or other light art!

From Studio Roosegaarde, info on the crystal installation:

CRYSTAL are hundreds of crystals of light which brighten when you touch them. People can play and share their stories of light.

Artist Daan Roosegaarde calls them “Lego from Mars”. The name refers not only to its futuristic design, but also to its endless potential to play. CRYSTAL has been previously exhibited in Amsterdam, Paris, Moscow and is now permanent in Eindhoven NL.

Each Crystal contains LEDs that are wirelessly charged via a magnetic floor. Once visitors start adding, moving or sharing Crystals, the basic breathing of the Crystals changes. The lighting behavior of crystals moves from ‘excited’ to ‘bored’, keeping visitors curious.

The coming years different Crystal shapes and colours will be developed together with high-tech companies and cultural organisations. CRYSTAL keeps on growing.

2012-2018. Hundreds of wireless LED rocks (variable sizes) on a black power mat.

Self commissioned by Studio Roosegaarde. Premiere at PICNIC, EYE Museum Amsterdam.
Permanent installation for Light-S at Natlab. Open for public at night at Kastanjelaan 500 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Check out some images of the installation — gorgeous work!

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