Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The marriage of art and technology

We finally had our Grand Reveal for our Arduino Garden Wall last Thursday and it was fun seeing the reaction from youth and adults alike. Some found the Garden Wall perplexing, "What is this doing here?" Some found it delightful, "You had youth, an artist, and an engineer working together on this?"

Bringing over our Ultimaker2 and having it running a loop of bracelet-making was also a big hit.

Because the artwork is on a rolling partition, bringing it up to the Reference floor was not a huge problem. We had made sure there were no delicate wires dragging and no reason why we couldn't fold it up fairly close to get it into the elevator.

Because it is so colorful and the visuals Sally Dean created are so delightful, it can hold up to being turned off most of the time and still be a visually pleasant addition to the surroundings.

We will keep it in its current location for a few weeks and then move it back against a wall near to the Digital Media Lab where so much of the on-going creation happens.


Inviting the local community cable TV crew in to cover the event as fun as well.  They totally understood what we are trying to do and were very enthusiastic about spreading the word.

Kevin Osborn came fully tricked out on his LED glory and gave the philosophical underpinnings of why Tinkering is an important All-American pastime to be encouraged by schools, libraries, parents, clubs, etc.


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