Air Quality Light Sculpture
Materials: Steel, PDLC Foils (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Display), Particle Photon, Relay Modules, Electrical Wiring
Manufacturing: Welding, Soldering
Design Software: Solidworks, Onshape
Time Frame: January 2018 - May 2018
Team Members: Olivia Andre, Sydney Crowe, Labon Hillberry, Harrison Bolin, Jack Carver, Meghan Pfeifer, Justin Paige
Client: Ken Bernstein
Professor: Nikolaus Correll
Course: First-Year Engineering Projects (GEEN 1400)
For my engineering projects class, we worked with a local artist to prototype a lighted sculpture that takes air quality data from the internet and displays it using PDLC foils and LEDs. There is pre-existing air quality data available online, but we wanted to make it accessible to the public via a visual display.
Our client approached us with only the aesthetic design, and he wanted us to determine the technical feasibility of such a project. After several stages of prototyping and design changes, we were able to give our client a functioning prototype.
The sculpture will be further engineered, scaled up, and later installed in the city of Boulder. To read more about our project, click here.