Glowing Crystals Create Interactive Flickering Light Fields
A Dutch design studio has created thousands of flickering crystal tokens that can be rearranged endlessly and prompt participants to think about light outside of the bulb.
CRYSTAL is an interactive light installation by Dutch design firm Studio Roosegaarde that has found a permanent home in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, after touring in Amsterdam, Paris and Moscow over the past year. The launch of the permanent exhibit on October 18th coincided with the start of Dutch Design Week 2013.
Thousands of plastic tokens resembling crystals are placed on a floor mat with a weak magnetic field, which powers two LED lights housed in the crystals. Visitors are encouraged to rearrange the stones to formulate patterns and messages, and even to steal them. Described by Daan Roosegaarde, the namesake of Studio Roosegaarde, as ‘Lego from Mars’, the installation certainly has an otherworldly quality, and appears every bit as tempting to play with as legos. Studio Roosegaarde will be adding more crystals each month, in varying colors and shapes, and will also publish the design plans so anyone can create pieces to add to the open-sourced light collection.