leif maginnis spins artstrobe with pulsating ultraviolet light
leif maginnis spins artstrobe with pulsating ultraviolet light leif maginnis spins artstrobe with pulsating ultraviolet light
feb 05, 2014

leif maginnis spins artstrobe with pulsating ultraviolet light

leif maginnis spins artstrobe with pulsating ultraviolet light
all images courtesy of leif maginnis





the ‘artstrobe’ by leif maginnis uses pulsating ultraviolet light and fluorescent-colored polyhedrons to create a mesmerizing display of whirling patterns. the kinetic artwork adopts a stroboscopic instrument to control its movement – a result of experimenting with two-dimensional cut-outs on a flat spinning disk and exploring the combination of geometry, lighting and mechanics together. the construction of the TIG-welded piece is formed by joining several steel polyhedron shapes into one object.


an infinity mirror box is mounted onto the spinning faces with a variable speed motor positioned below to adjust the levels. the faces of the structure are covered with different fluorescent colors that, when placed under the ultraviolet light, reveal complex patterns. people can directly interact with the ‘artstrobe’ by turning several knobs at its base to create their own, customized designs.



‘polyhedron interactive light art’
video courtesy of junglemap


the spinning ‘rhombicosidodecahedron’ creates a kintetic light display of moving patterns


the piece captured whirling in fast motion on its base


a girl turns a knob at the base of the structure to change the light patterns


people interacting with the ‘artstrobe’ at an event


the ‘rhombic triacontahedron’ inside the infinity mirror in daylight – its shape consists of 30 sides


the three main shapes that form the ‘rhombicosidodecahedron’, with a total of 62 sides


the beginning of the assembly process


the shaft through the middle supports it while it spins


TIG welding the piece together


the steel frame of the artstrobe


coloring the faces of the rhombicosidodecahedron



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