Crystal Visualizations Art Installation by Yingri Guan

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Crystal Visualizations

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Art Installation

INSPIRATION:
This series of work initiated with my fascination with crystals and fractals. There is a stark similarity between them. Crystals are formed by the orderly arrangements of atoms or ions while fractals are generated by repeating simple geometric shapes by obeying a certain set of rules. Both formations involve repetitions of identical singular units. It then evolved to become a visualizing crystal structure using generated fractal images.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
By analyzing the chemical bonding in crystals and applying a set of mathematical equations and rules to my research, the fractal image is generated by computer through coding. Drawing inspiration from four different crystal structures, four different pieces are generated.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
People come to close interaction with the piece and see it. They will learn about crystal structure via a close examination of the 4 different pieces.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Dec 2012 in Buffalo and finished in December 2019 in Seattle.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The images are generated through computer programming. Then the images are exported into vectors. The vectors then transformed into sculpture etching using laser cutters. Later the cut acrylic glass are then assembled together with the wood table structure to keep it secure. And they are illuminated with lights to magnify the generative lines.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 1000 mm x Depth 800 mm x Height 1200 mm

TAGS:
generative, abstract, light, LED, art, visualization, installation, sculpture, crystals

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
San Francisco has really unique topological maps and hence that became my inspiration. Looking at San Francisco while flying on a plane. Especially at night. San Francisco's map is distributed to different altitudes.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge is to maximize the aesthetic beauty of this piece while making it physically feasible. The first version was created with acrylic glass stack onto each other for easier assembly. However, I soon realized that would be too heavy of a piece both in terms of design and weight. So I explored different options in terms of how to assemble a acrylic glass to a heart shape while making the topographic map layer correspondinging on top of each other. Another challenge lies in how to install the LED light to illuminate the whole piece. Several pedestal options and filtering materials were tested and the final product is as shown.

ADDED DATE:
2020-03-05 22:10:24

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
YINGRI GUAN

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Yingri Guan, Variations, 2019. Optional Image #1: Photographer Yingri Guan, Variations, 2019. Optional Image #2 Photographer Yingri Guan, Variations, 2019. Optional Image #3 Photographer Yingri Guan, 2019. Optional Image #4 Photographer Yingri Guan, 2019.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patent pending

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.aricestudio.com
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
ARiceStudio

PROFILE:
Yingri Guan was born in Lixian, China and later lived in Changsha, Singapore and now in Bay area, US. Working on her BA in communication design, Yingri rediscovered her passion for making art of simple delight. She furthered her studies in Masters of Human-Centered Design + Interactions at the University of Washington. Now she is a full-time designer working on a wide range of projects during her daytime while making art at night. Rice has always been her staple food and she has her own theory of how different species of rice should be cooked. When she is not designing, she is always pondering about and making art. She could also be found traveling, wondering, reading or making a delicious meal.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Crystal Visualizations Art Installation by Yingri Guan is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Crystal Visualizations Art Installation by Yingri Guan is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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