Black Light

This was my submission for an Art pavilion at the Burning Man Festival, 2012. To see other student entries from DS10 students at the University of Westminster for both the 2012 and 2013 festival  please go to:

Due to the expensive nature of the steelwork involved in this proposal and an inability to climb on the lightweight tubing, this project did not receive the Burning Man Arts Grant, however I believe a redesign of the structural elements could make this a viable and exciting proposal for the future

It is principally concerned with the movement of light and water through tubes around the structure, aiming to create an environment that is visually stimulating encouraging reflection and the reemergence of a child like curiosity and fun in exploration. Different coloured fluorescent dyes are added to water housed in a central ‘spire-like’ tower. The water is steadily released from the tank, controlled with IV drip controllers, throughout the festival and weaves its way around the central space. The movement of the water,  although controlled, will be subject to sudden internal siphons, air bubbles in u-bends and constantly changing shadows and refractions giving a chaotic nature to the movement to maintain the experience for the participants of the festival. At night the structure takes on a more vigorous life with UV striplights setting off the fluorescence in the water.

At the end of the festival the water tubes will be sealed and cut into small, individual sections that can be given out to Burning Man participants as a memory of their experience.

Below is the animation that I created for the submission to demonstrate the experience of the pavilion.


The following document outlines the body of research and the design development carried out throughout the project:

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