Glow Globs Lighting Installation by Virginia Melnyk

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Glow Globs

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Lighting Installation

INSPIRATION:
This project was inspired by the character inflatable lawn ornaments so commonly display in many front lawns of American homes during the holidays. But in contrast to the Santa Claus and Frankenstein that we see during the holidays. Glow Globs aspired to create an abstract organic form that would inspire imagination and creative thinking. The design was created in the computer using 3d modeling. Because it is inflated with air the designs were inspired by smoke and animations of airflow.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Glow Globs is an inflatable lighting installation, its unique design is deployable as the light fabric collapse with the fan is off. The Design is abstract shapes to spark curiosity and imagination. The shapes at night are illuminated with color changing LED lights. The lights penetrate through the Nylon material giving them a soft glow.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The installation was located in the landscaping in front of the Cincinnati Central Library. Here at night people would engage with the lights and play in the shadows of the colored illuminations.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The installation is traveling. It was first installed for 3 days at Blink Art Festival in Cincinnati 2019, but can continue to be deployed at other locations and events.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The design was created in the computer using 3d modeling. Patterns much like those used to make a dress or piece of clothing were generated and sewn together on a home sewing machine. Each inflatable was made up of between 80 - 100 panels. Consisting of over 400 edges to be sewn together. Each peices was numbered and labeled to be able to stich them to the correct pieces. The inflatables were designed to attach to a special air blower fan used for inflatable sculptures. Led Lights were threaded through the interior of the inflated structure and suspended so to diffuse the light before it is emitted out of the fabric.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The design consisted of three unique inflatables. Each design was between 3 meters and 2.5 meters in each direction.

TAGS:
LED, Inflatable, Lighting, Installation, Deployable, PopUp

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
My research is focused on sewing and three dimensional designs. i am interested in approaches to combine sewn forms into the built environment. Often engaging traditional and computation design making methodologies. In this case sewing large scale inflatables with large numbers of pieces methods from parametric computational architecture were adapted. As for the sewing methods from quilting, and dress making were adapted. the combination of making techniques and process of construction resulted in a unique design.

CHALLENGE:
Because the installation is pneumatic, it is important to understand how flat pieces of fabric will inflate. The fans blow in a lot of air and it is important to make sure that all the seams are sewn tightly. And that there are no leaks. At the same point the inflatable is under pressure and if the distribution of forces is uneven large amounts of force on one place may cause issues of pressure and seams to rip or tear. Studies done in Clo3D and Kangaroo for grasshopper, were able to give estimated simulations of where extra strain might occur when pressure is applied.

ADDED DATE:
2020-09-30 15:39:01

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Virginia Melnyk

IMAGE CREDITS:
Photo Credits: Virginia Melnyk

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Virginia Melnyk Designs

PROFILE:
Virginia Melnyk Designs is a design frim specializing in installation and temporary pop up art. The focus of the work is to explore playfulness, whimsy and colorfulness. Utilizing digital design and computation methodologies combined with techniques of hand craft and making. Often working with textiles, the works is meant to be tactile and engaged with.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Glow Globs Lighting Installation by Virginia Melnyk is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Glow Globs Lighting Installation by Virginia Melnyk is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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