Up to now, I’ve essentially spent time prototyping IR motion sensors for the interactive features of this exhibit, and I’ve had basic success getting those to react and drive the illumination of a light. Now comes the actual fabrication, where I start building the casing and the exterior of the enclosure.
I’m experimenting with a wood curing/coloring technique called Yakasugi Ban, which involves scorching the wood, then brushing the excess carbon off of the surface to leave a shiny, darkened appearance.
Here’s the burning in action:
And here’s the (semi)finished product:
This wood will enclose the boxed that hold the woven branches and the light fixtures.
Next week, I’ll be building the boxes and installing the lights.