Main Project Inspiration: Festival Totem

I used the psychedelic aesthetic for my upcycle project, and I am interested in exploring it further. I am planning to go to a music festival this summer that uses a similar theme, and I would like to make a piece to bring with me.

There is an artifact known as a Totem that many people brings to music festivals. A totem is generally an art piece that is fastened to the top of a long pole, that is carried around at festivals. Totems have the added function of helping groups of people stay together among the many thousands of other festival-goers as they move between stages.

Here are a few examples:

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I enjoy watching a TV show known as “Rick and Morty.” One of the main characters, Rick, is a mad genius who takes his grandson, Morty, with him on adventures across universes, dimensions, and even time. I would like to make a totem with a plushie Rick at the top that is decorated in LEDs. I would also like to make the LEDs on Rick respond dynamically to sound, however, I am not sure that I will have enough time to complete that portion of the project by the due date.

Below is an image of a scene from “Rick and Morty”:


I began by searching online for Rick plushies. While I found various “Rick and Morty” characters, including a Rick head plushie, on a website, Etsy, I could not find an artifact for my totem that I considered suitable. I have begun working on making my own.

Below is an image of the head I made for my Rick plushie:


I am expecting the entire Rick plushie from head to toe will be around 2.5 – 3 ft. I am planning to use two 16 LED neopixel rings that I am going to place behind some glasses for Rick. I am also planning to use around 150 other LEDs, taken from an addressable LED strip, fastened all around his body and clothing. Since the festival is around 12 hours long overnight, I am planning optimize Rick’s LEDs to be able to function on battery power for that amount of time.


References (In order of appearance):

  • 1st Totem Image:,d.cGc&psig=AFQjCNHAwi7BS4JjZ1fA3YHLOhh-ewwwBw&ust=1488433920182711
  • 2nd Totem Image:,d.cGc&psig=AFQjCNHAwi7BS4JjZ1fA3YHLOhh-ewwwBw&ust=1488433920182711
  • 3rd Totem Image:,d.cGc&psig=AFQjCNHAwi7BS4JjZ1fA3YHLOhh-ewwwBw&ust=1488433920182711
  • 4th Totem Image:
  • Rick and Morty Scene Image:,d.cGc&psig=AFQjCNGjaqGBcyHBVe5xD56AIeUNqzPvuw&ust=1488434955508762
  • Rick Head Plushie Image: My Own
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  • Jason Savath
    March 3, 2017 10:37 am

    I like how you incorporated your hobbies and your passion into what you are going to make. By enjoying what you love doing, no doubt your passion will be seen through the aesthetics in your project. I have always seen amazing totems at concerts, so I hope to see yours at the next concert if I see you again. I like how you wanted to incorporate the LED lights. Not only will that be aesthetically pleasing, but it will be definitely easing to see you from afar.

  • Tori Herfert
    March 1, 2017 1:40 pm

    Scott, this is a very creative idea of yours. I notice you love music and love going to music festivals and rave music style concerts so this seems like the perfect thing for you to make. It is also convenient for you to be making something that you will use in the future, and so this is just perfect! I also will be making something I will be using in the future. How are you thinking you will attach the lights? And will they be solar powered or battery or what?


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