Reflected Images

Made by Ghalya Alsanea

This moving facade consists of small transparent parallelograms arranged on a hexagonal grid, rotating on a central axis. It decodes black & white values of an image and translates it into a certain rotational angle. By reflecting light whilst rotating, the facade is able to project certain images onto the bridge's exterior.

Created: September 3rd, 2018

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This moving facade consists of small transparent parallelograms arranged on a hexagonal grid, rotating on a central axis. It decodes black & white values of an image and translates it into a certain rotational angle. By reflecting light whilst rotating, the facade is able to project certain images onto the bridge's exterior.

By default, the facade projects most recent headlining news images (or whatever image filter the users want). But, if they desire, employees can personally interact with the installation and project any image they want from the web. 

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Not only would the project be visible for those on the street below, it would also create interesting light reflections and shadows for the people within the bridge.

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The pieces rotate along a central thin pipe, which contains the electrical wires and a rotating hinge.

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Bill of Materials (BOM):

-12960 identically laser cut acrylic parallelograms (or other durable translucent material)

-12960 rotary joints attached to peices

-piping (also acts as secondary structure)

-primary structure/attachment joints onto bridge exterioir

-wires/electric system

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This moving facade consists of small transparent parallelograms arranged on a hexagonal grid, rotating on a central axis. It decodes black & white values of an image and translates it into a certain rotational angle. By reflecting light whilst rotating, the facade is able to project certain images onto the bridge's exterior.