Light Cushion Installation Comes Alive With Human Feet

Light Cushion Installation Comes Alive With Human Feet
Arts & Culture

An installation of circular units that sense and "listen" to human movement to emit sound and colored illumination.

Keerthana Jagadeesh
  • 11 july 2013

Colorado-based artist Jen Lewin has created a public interactive light and sound installation entitled The Pool. It is composed of 106 circular pads that form dazzling concentric circles and communicate with each other wirelessly.


The pads are independent and they light up and emit sounds by “listening” and sensing people’s movement and touch. The colors and patterns change based on how people interact and play with the installation.


People can create ripples of light and sound in the installation with their foot movements and pressure. Angling the direction of movement towards your left or right can send out a ripple of light in that direction and the intensity of the experience is increased if the pressure of the foot is increased. Each of these generated ripples mingle with each other to form different patterns, changing the design of the installation.


The more popele who participate in the installation, the more intense the light reactions generated by the installation. Hence, in a way, people bring life to the art installation with their body movements.

This sort of art installation that requires the participation of people shows how art doesn’t have to be stationary and pre-programmed- it can be something reactive and contemporary, changing according to the current environment conditions.

Jen Lewin



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