Mutual Light













  Mutual Light 2023     









Mutual Light is an interactive light art installation by artist Daniel Miller, where large, illuminated flower forms will have the ability to interact with participants, exploring human social interaction and biosignatures. The changes in visitors body heat and proximity to the light sculptures will cause the flowers to animate with light through temporal and color changes. In the center of each illuminated flower structure a long-range infrared thermometer will take readings of the invisible heat signature of a participant. At the same time the robo-flora will precisely read the visitors distance to each flower with distance sensors. The use of multiple flower structures will allow the project to interact with participants in a larger public space to create an immersive light experience.In this project there is an observable relationship, where humans emit light in the infrared spectrum and the flowers respond by emitting light visible spectrum.  Additionally, the light patterns that the flower forms emit mimic the color patterns of flowers as seen in the ultraviolet spectrum by birds and other animals.

Each light flowers structure will be made from HDPE recycled plastic that the artist has reclaimed from used plastic milk jugs.  High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) is a ubiquitous material that can be found in a multitude of products. Over the past century plastic waste has become an enormous issue and recycling alone does not solve the problem.  This project looks to find novel uses for this material as an art form.   In the final installation, there would be 10 electronic flower forms. 


Year Completed: 2023
Dimensions (HxWxD):   installation:   96” x 288” x 12”,  each flower average size : 36” x 36” x 7.5“
Media: High density polyethylene (HDPE) from recycled milk jugs, stainless steel, wire, LEDs, Arduino Pro-Mini, long range temperature sensors, distance sensor, custom electronics, power supply.

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