Gullies, Mars (2015)

Scale/Scape Light Panel series #3

9" x 16" x 3"

Pine hardwood, stained plywood, LED illumination, acrylic, metal hardware


An investigation into the thresholds of human perception and the history of halftone printing techniques. Images from microscopic and telescopic scales are transformed into light patterns formed by thousands of dots of different sizes. Custom software translates pixel clusters into laser-cut holes of different sizes, and strangely when the image is more blurred, it becomes more recognizable. Some pieces are blurred from distance and the weakness of human vision; and some are optically blurred with raised translucent diffusion panels. 


This piece was shown both with and without a blur layer, and with two different blur panel shapes.


(Source credit: NASA/JPL)


Collection: Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Making of: http://www.instructables.com/id/ScaleScape-Halftone-Light-Panel-series/?ALLSTEPS


Gullies, Mars Light Panel series, front view
Gullies close up
Gullies, Mars Light Panel series, front view with blur panel
Gullies, Mars Light Panel series, angle view with blur panel
Gullies, Mars Light Panel series, angle view with partial blur panel
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