Adventure Walk Flys Again
February 1st and 2nd marks the 3rd Mill Creek Adventure Walk, and the first time this walk has been produced by La Cité Francophone. As you may or may not know, Winter Light, the previous producer has ceased operations in September, so myself and vast numbers of the public are grateful and excited that La Cité has picked up this amazing event.
This year’s event featured the legend of The Flying Canoe and The City of Light, an old French and native story about some Voyageurs who make a deal with the devil to fly their canoe home to visit loved ones. And they had to be back by midnight or they all turn into pumpkins. Or something like that, I never have much time to follow the story, to busy setting up lanterns.
Installation-wise, we had a limited new-work budget to play with, so the focus was on revising and re-arraigning. Fortunately I have a lot I material that has never shown in the creek before, so that plus some subtle upgrades and the new, shorter walking path made for fresh lighting experience.
The other big change was a fancy new home base at La Cité. Great venue for performance and gathering. Also an amazing workshop setup to develop and stage from.
I’m going to take this opportunity to thank and recognize some people: Robin, Brett, and Scott for throwing down without much notice, yet with enough understanding of my scene to deal with the work efficiently. Memi for the use of her fabric lanterns. MiHu, for his can-punching work for Crystal Cradle of last year that finally made it into something public. Winter Light for putting all that material into the hands of artists and event producers. La Cité (Daniel, Mireielle, and the rest) for picking this event up. Matt for being the full time winter guy that makes it all stick. Marissa for keeping track of batteries an all the rest. Hydrosion, for supporting my design with the robot-assisted cutting you all saw. Rose, my boss, for all the time off to make this happen. The weather for being awesome. And my wife Janelle and baby for coming out to enjoy the walk with me, and patience thru the way too busy develop and install phase of the work. And you know, everybody …
You can see more at the city of lights.
Send an email to someone ( La Cité, City Councillor, Edmonton arts council) if you want to see this event again next year!
The lantern that won the People’s Choice Award at the IllumiNite event in Edmonton!
The RotoGoboScope is an innovative lantern that combines colorful LED lights with rotating mechanisms to produce a fantastic moving light-scape of patterned dots. It features custom electronics that are built into refurbished coffee cans, which are mounted onto a tower made of re-used metal scrap.
What does the name mean?
Well, “Roto” is for rotating. “Gobo“ is short for “Go-Between”, and refers to an object that is placed in front of a light source to control the shape of the light emitted. And “Scope” like in kaleidoscope, a device that creates moving color patterns.
This lantern is a creative extension of my Can-O-Lantern series of decorative LED lamps, currently sold by Crystal Cradle. I have been handcrafting LED lamps using upgraded coffee cans for about 3 years.
RotoGoboScope was originally built for IllumiNite – and outdoor light design competition organized by Edmonton on the Edge. It was installed outside for a night, in the park behind Sobey’s on Jasper Ave. The nook it got tucked into was awkward, but the reception was excellent – the RotoGoboScope captured the delight of its viewers, and won the People’s Choice award!
Good news – this amazing lantern is currently on display at the Cool Stuff Exhibit! You can find it at the University of Alberta Museum in Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Ave) from March 22nd – March31st.
What is it made of?
Composed of approximately 95% upgraded metal scrap, plus some custom-built electronics.
The upgraded scrap components include :
- 6 bicycle wheel rims – from the local Bike Repair Collective
- steel EMT pipe – from an outfitter tent repair job
- a laundry machine drum – scrap yard special
- a clothing display stand – someone must have donated this to our pile without asking
- 3 coffee cans – readily available
- hard-drive platters – from old computers
The rest of the parts are :
- 9 1-Watt LED’s – red, white, yellow, and green
- 3 rotating gear-motors
- various electrical components – drivers, transformers, connectors and wires
- 1m steel tube and shaft
It runs on regular household electrical current (110V AC) via transformers, or directly on a 12V DC battery.
Sweet. What does this light look like in motion?
I thought you’d never ask.
Can I Get One?
I’m involved in a festival project in my home town of Edmonton, AB, that takes on the colder half of our year. It’s called Winter Light, cause we light up the long dark days of winter. At our latitude, we can have as little as 4 hours of daylight in December. Which is crazy. Especially if you are stuck in school or work for those 4 hours. You can see all about Winter Light at our styley website here: www.winterlight.ca
Last weekend we launched our new Season and our newly founded Non-Profit Society. Up till now we have been a City of Edmonton created and funded project, that startup situation is now over and we are free to find our own fate as a non profit. Comes with perks and challenges ;)
I get to be the Lantern Co-Ordinator and Artistic Director of one of our events, which is about the interesting-est job title I’ve ever had. And it means I get to build really fun things. For our launch, I worked on some more vector design + waterjet cut wood construction, and built a really fancy stage.
Best Part was everyone loved everything. Food, Music, Art, Fires. Other best part was we got the whole thing installed with time to spare. Must be practice or something.
so, Pictures! thats what you and me are here for right? Here’s the pictures:[Show as slideshow]
Thanks to Robin George for taking the pictures. I think I had the time to take two? Must have been busy doing art or something. I’ll be adding descriptions to the gallery as time goes by.
A big part of my art is site specific lighting installations. I created a new set of cad + waterjet woodcut Lanterns and Light Towers for Astral Harvest. Fun times.
Extending my scope of action is always a fun thing to do, even the painful learning curves (of Adobe Illustrator for example) become satisfying and even enjoyable after the fact. even if it is often takes months.
I had a lot of help from people: Scott Davis did pretty much all of the metal drilling cutting and welding. I’m borrowing a flamethrower from Dancing Wolf. Christy Boulter reminded me of the giant lenses from warehouse HID lighing, available at several re-used building supplies stores. And Austen at Hydrosion has been amazing at turning my vector pictures into finely sliced wood.