The Light Painter

“Are not gross bodies and light convertible into one another; and may not bodies receive much of their activity from the particles of light which enter into their composition? The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which seems delighted with transmutations.” – Isaac Newton

Standing by the words of Newton, and the impartial sustenance that light provides to aesthetic, displeasure and everything in the visual order, The Light Painter invites the public to create their own art with light and its constituent colours as their medium.

I designed and built the installation in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and Indian Institute of Science. It was exhibited at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore, during the Kalpaneya Yatre 2010, commemorating the International Year of Astronomy.

Year
2010
Role
Ideation
Concept Development 
Processing Code
Arduino and Physical Computing
PCB Design
Recognition
Permanent Exhibit @ Jawaharlal Nehru
Planetarium, Bangalore

The Light Painter

“Are not gross bodies and light convertible into one another; and may not bodies receive much of their activity from the particles of light which enter into their composition? The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which seems delighted with transmutations.” – Isaac Newton

Standing by the words of Newton, and the impartial sustenance that light provides to aesthetic, displeasure and everything in the visual order, The Light Painter invites the public to create their own art with light and its constituent colours as their medium.

I designed and built the installation in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and Indian Institute of Science. It was exhibited at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore, during the Kalpaneya Yatre 2010, commemorating the International Year of Astronomy.

Year
2010
Role
Ideation
Concept Development 
Processing Code
Arduino and Physical Computing
PCB Design
Recognition
Permanent Exhibit @ Jawaharlal Nehru
Planetarium, Bangalore
Video

As Children we loved scribbling out elaborate stories all over the walls of the house. The Light Painter uses light instead pigment to reimagine that familiar experience. It encourages kids to doodle and express their imagination across the wall. The light painter, attempts to inspire the same kind of love that children have toward their pencils and crayons, but aims it at light and the limitless possibilities it affords.

How it Works

The colour wheel (A) is used to pick the colours of light from back-lit projection on the table top (B). This light is then used as the colour to paint with, using the Light Pen (C). The hacked Wii-mote (D) Picks up the movements of the Light Pen (C) in space, and the resulting drawing is projected on the wall using a projector (D)

Audience & Reception

The light painter was met with wonder and excitement from the public especially children. The Kalpaneya Yatre Festival ran from November 26th 2010 to December 5th 2010 with nearly 8000 visitors daily.

Audience & Reception

The light painter was met with wonder and excitement from the public especially children. The Kalpaneya Yatre Festival ran from November 26th 2010 to December 5th 2010 with nearly 8000 visitors daily.

Features and hardware

All artwork made with The Light Painter could be saved on the Kalpaneya Yatre Website. I designed custom PCBs that embedded all sensors and actuators to ensure robustness of the hardware. The Colour Wheel housed the RBG sensor to pick colours, and pivoted around a 1/4″ jack which provided the necessary power, and the free rotation. 

Features and hardware

All artwork made with The Light Painter could be saved on the Kalpaneya Yatre Website. I designed custom PCBs that embedded all sensors and actuators to ensure robustness of the hardware. The Colour Wheel housed the RBG sensor to pick colours, and pivoted around a 1/4″ jack which provided the necessary power, and the free rotation.