Illuminated ice block tables for “Circuit of the Senses”

Added on January 8, 2015

Recently I had the opportunity to work with the talented sense-based experience maker and artist Emilie Baltz to develop some work for an interactive dinner party at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art that played on participants’ perception of taste through the manipulation of their other senses. The party consisted of several completely unique rooms, each with a different experience centered around a particular sense.

One such room was the “Sight” room, in which five coffee tables made of ice were constructed and illuminated using custom LED lighting, programmed to slowly fade out over the course of the meal. My responsibilities included fabricating, installing and maintaining these lighting systems.

Build process

For each of the five tables I used two meters of NeoPixel LED strips, one Adafruit Pro Trinket and a 5V/10A power supply, along with a few small bits and pieces like power jacks and quick-connect cables. Each of the systems were programmed to fade the LEDs slowly from full-white to off over the course of about 20 minutes so that guests would have a subtle visual cue that their meal was wrapping up.