This interactive installation reveals the hidden resplendent patterns found in synthetic crystals. A participant must look at the samples with a special 3D printed hand-held device that exposes the hidden crystal “painting.” This instrument essentially performs as a lens containing a second polarizer. The prismatic phenomenon reveals itself once the viewer successfully crosses the polarized light from both the light box and the hand-held device. In rotating the handheld lens, the amount of light permeating through the instrument alters the colors of the samples, and designs gyrate as the crystals appear to dance.
Synthetic crystals, polarizing film, custom aluminum lightbox,
3D printed resin optical device,
7 x 7 in.