‘Ghost ship’ is an illusion of a 3-dimensional, 17th century boat, rendered by two intersecting planar projections — beamed onto vertical, perpendicular planes of water. With a specialization in the creation of additional, optical dimensions, Romanian architecture collective visualSKIN have been able to materialize not only nocturnal mirage in the low-lit urban landscape but also a retro-futuristic hologram, simply using water curtains and old-fashioned stage lights. The image of the ship wavers with the movement of the wind, creating a dreamy and haunting scene.
Designed by Takao Inoue and called OLED Tampopo, these beautiful lights are made from real dandelions that have been suspended inside an acrylic block with a miniature OLED light embedded within the stem. It is an art piece more than a light. When asked the inspiration of creating the lamp, Inoue says “Fragility is expressed by an illuminated wavering TAMPOPO. It reminds us of our old memories of picking up dandelion’s puff. The mysterious light gives us a moment to release ourselves”. We have no idea about how the power for the lights comes from and how did managed to avoid air bubbles while embedding dandelions into the blocks. But if you want to have one yourself, you can order it from somewheretokyo.
Monkey Light Pro is an interesting Kickstarter campaign launched by San Francisco-based design company MonkeyLectric. Basically, it is a bicycle wheel display system with the ability to feature motion graphics while you ride. The LED display system is designed to be compatible with any standard bicycle wheel so that anyone can mount it on their wheels and put on a moving light show while they go for a ride. The best part is, you can display your own graphics or message. You can create a playlist with your very own images and animations with their web application, then send the playlist to “Monkey Light Pro” via bluetooth. Once you’re rolling the display fills the bike wheel and is visible from both sides. You can find more details on its kickstarter page.
Sean Lenz and Kris Abildgaard’s, both San Francisco-based artists collaborate on this ongoing project titled “Neon Luminance“. The duo dropped high-powered multi-color glow sticks into various waterfalls in Northern California and then made exposures varying from 30 seconds to 7 minutes to capture the light trailing through water as the sticks are carried with the natural current. It also mentioned by the artists, those glowing sticks were collected after capture, thus no pollution was made to the water.