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Rising Tides is the first static light sculpture I’ve made- the image is entirely analog- there is no screen or digital input.
The effect is produced by embedding LEDs at different depths into a sheet of white PVC, which is typically an opaque material. Through a series of tests I was able to find a range between dark and bright pixel values- this difference is achieved over a span of only 3mm by stepping up the depth in increments of .25mm. A CNC router was used to fabricate this piece with the necessary precision- once the file is cut, all the information needed to create the image is present- all I had to do was wire 8906 LEDs in parallel on the back side, a feat which took approximately four weeks.

Rising Tides, 2018
Dimensions: 4’ tall, 7' wide
8906 LEDs