An interactive sound and light installation commissioned by Destination NSW, installed from May 24- June 10 2013 at The Rocks, Sydney.
DIGITALIS is conceived as a genetically modified breed of the toxic plant Digitalis Purpurea. Akin to the glowing creations of transgene labs, the installation fuses characteristics of unrelated objects to create a new, modified hybrid. Low-tech recyclable materials are used in unusual ways to create an interactive presence: crumpled plastic cups become flower bells with glowing LED stamen.
This franken-plant responds to ‘threats’ on its territory in the same way as a rattlesnake warns off predators by rattling its tail. Each plant stem is linked to a proximity sensor that is triggered when people approach it. The activated sensor triggers a motor that vibrates the plant, causing its fluorescent cups to clatter against one another. Simultaneously, the plant’s dimmable LED lights glow brighter.
Project Team: Rana Abboud (Design), Ewen Wright (Technical & Fabrication). Special Thanks to Timothy Uren, programmer extraordinaire; Anton Grimes, model-making legend; and Charles Fortin for the hero photos!