Lumisaurus is a participative light installation consisting of a wooden dinosaur skeleton that is painted in different colors and patterns by festival visitors. It is illuminated by LED lights that react with the painted surfaces. The result is a mesmerizing visual effect.
We set up the dinosaur at multiple festivals where we asked guests to help us assemble the installation and paint the patterns on every surface of the dinosaur. After each festival, we removed some of the textures to allow new visitors to have a fresh go at the painting. In this way, the dinosaur captured part of the spirit of each festival we took it to.
We used a CNC mill to cut out the wooden pieces that we later cleaned and smoothed in order to prevent injuries. We further applied acrylic paint for the background color in red, green and blue. We liked the use of a standard industrial CNC mill, because we can find such machines in many workshops and plants closer to location in the future. By building closer to the event site we can keep transportation ways short, reduce costs and the ecological footprint as well.
The dinosaur was presented at the Burning Mountain Festival in Switzerland, the city festival Breminale in Bremen and the Wonderland Festival in 2013. The feedback we received was very positive. The festival guests at the Burning Mountain festival enjoyed the possibility to co-create the installation and see their results shine in the dark. At night, people gathered around the colorful dinosaur or stopped looking at the ever changing patterns.
At Breminale, children were fascinated by the bright colors in the daylight. They constantly tried to touch it and, at times, climb it. At night acrobatic performers and regular visitors sat down next to the installation to chill out, chat and relax, creating a friendly atmosphere.
We were positively surprised by how many people were willing to spend one hour or longer to paint complex patterns. We would definitely like to involve people from the audience in the production process of further installations.
The modular nature of the dinosaur also helped. The installation was sufficiently stable to survive a thunderstorm as we could see during the Burning Mountain festival and transportation was significantly easier.
We are ready to explore the possibilities of modular systems in combination with the capabilities of the CNC mill and other large-scale production machinery in the future. Modules can be easily replaced and the usage of common industrial mashines spares the necessacity of purchase of own hardware and shortens transportation.