Went to a meeting about Todmorden Lamplighter Parade (for 19th Nov?) tonight. Let’s get together next Wed to bat ideas around - we need a plan quickly for their grant applications. Particular emphasis is placed on community involvement, and interactivity with installations.
Various people are all looking at a range of ideas - independently, or collaborating. We talked mainly about installations, but also had a brief discussion on wearables. A couple of possibilities for Bridge Rectifier include:-
- line drawing in electroluminescent wire, based on drawings by local (primary?) school children.
- edge-lit acrylic sheet with drawings etched on.
There are various potential sites for these, including: the large arched window on the end of the Central Methodist Church; the row of 1st floor windows along the long rear side of the church; and shop windows around town.
We could display any number of EL wire drawings - in a row, or a matrix, or various places. Maybe they’d be in shop windows, or in church windows if they’re bright enough to see at a distance. To test out the scope of this, I’ve just ordered 3 x 1.5m in different colours, run from a single battery pack. We can explore power options later if we pursue this. As a start, I wonder about A3 images, each attached to canvas backing by threading transparent fishing line around the wire & through.
Edge-lit acrylic sheet designs may be displayed in the big church window. I’ve no fixed idea of sizes, but we could display a series of them together, maybe with different coloured LEDs for adjacent images. We’d need to consider who produces source images (slightly older children?), whether images are transferred from drawings (eg by laser), or created directly by the children (sharp tools?), and what options there may be other than scratching the acrylic. As a starter, I found this helpful instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Edge-Lit-Displays/
Image subject matter may depend on the parade’s theme, yet to be decided. For multiple images, to what extent should they relate to each other - just the same subject matter? I’m assuming it isn’t appropriate to combine multiple ‘tiles’ into a single representational image, but it’s worth thinking about.
There’s also potential to light up trees in the big car park, creative lighting along the top row of church windows, & a range of other outdoor locations. Basically, if you’ve got an idea, feel free to progress it. There may be options to get involved in other collaborations. There’s a guideline budget of £200 - £1,000 per project. Any surplus could bring in funds towards a laser-cutter.