Fy: a picture is worth a thousand words

12:57 AM in General by susannec

Given that we are visual people, why not show the progression of the project predominately through photos – Enjoy.

Human Skin – I found these images taken with a Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph absolutely fascinating. All these images are magnification of the skin, the first image (magnification x117 at 10cm wide) details the ridges of a human fingerprint pattern. The second image, (magnification: x750 when printed 10cm wide) is the skin surface of a 40-year-old man.  Lastly, the third image (magnification x840 at 10cm wide) shows the surface layer of the human skin, the epidermis. I consider this image most relevant to our installation as “the outer layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum) is a tough coating formed from overlapping layers of dead skin cells, which are continually sloughed off and replaced with cells from the living layers beneath.”

(First and third images) Human skin outermost layer. Images courtesy of www.psmicrographs.co.uk. (Second image) courtesy of www.sciencephoto.com





Conceptual model – Re-use and re-purpose of plastic bags. Notice the resembles of the images above “overlapping layers of dead skin cells”

cells formation with plastic bags














Construction of skin – Plastic bags taped to wire

wire and plastic bags














Let them breathe – We wanted to test what it would look like outside. The gentle breeze helped them dance.














Lets get serious – the overall design shape was established

replenishing of skin














Hard wiring – we placed a few LEDs along each row of bags.

testing of the LEDs














The rejuventation of skin - the LEDs represent the sense of touch. Like the human skin, this installation is equipped with sensors, moreso to detect the movement of people and then responds by glowing. Furthermore, by interacting with the screen also activates the LEDs via Arduino.

replenishing of skin - testing of the LEDs, arduino and screen














In preparation for the big day – yes it is the palm of my hand
















The shedding of dead skin – Bring together the screen and the physical installation.