The tree is a universal symbol of life. This 3D printed tree like structure reacts to its surrounding by changing colour as its fiber optic flowers are either being touched by people, or simply by wind. This piece expresses the interconnected systems and their delicate balance in nature and in our life giving us a sense of our presence in the world. The piece is ethereal, magical, it will be very difficult to decipher how it works and how it was produced. It engages with the new methods of algorithmic design and digital fabrication, as well as programmed and interactive light features.
THE VISITOR EXPERIENCE
From the distance the tree glows without a clear edge which sparks immediate curiosity and a desire to be felt and touched.
At nighttime as one approaches the art piece, subtle colour changes reveal their link to the movement of the fiber optic flowers sitting on curved translucent bio-plastic branches.
During the daytime, the sunlight scatters between the branches and the thousands of fibre optic cables, creating another perception of lightness and sensitivity.
From Buddha bodhi tree to Newton apple tree the inspiration from trees and nature has helped to unite mankind in a positive way and has lifted us to higher levels of consciousness. Reflected on the water, the tree develops its own transparent and ever changing roots, connecting us to our common planet earth.The moving fibre optic tree filaments forms an interactive artwork that can be touched or observed. The glowing artwork attracts observers from a distance to gather together for a playful and tactile experience uniting people.
THE TECHNICAL PRINCIPLE
As shown in the image on the right we have developed a new software (Silkworm) to use 3D printing in an architectural and structural way, using our large in-house 3D printer. Together with our long term collaborating engineer Format, we will push the boundaries of innovation to build a four meter high
modular structure with an inner steel substructure holding waterproof LED strips. The modules are made from structural and waterproof PLA bio-plastic, from our long-term partner Voltivo. Using sensors, we will program the LEDs to respond to wind and touch, with our inhouse interaction designer.
AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL