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Technology has been augmenting our senses for decades. Our perception of the world has been distorted by the screens we view it through. Recent trends in augmented and virtual reality seek to bend our realities even further.

I'm fascinated by art that explores perception through illusion. My goal is to surprise people with physical forms that they are only accustomed to seeing in the digital realm.

For this piece, I wanted to create a de-materialised, CRT-display style, floating dodecahedron.

I love the look of neon lights but they have many limitations: they are delicate, forming glass is difficult, and filling glass with neon requires special tools. In this project, I explore a cheaper and simpler alternative to neon lighting.

Step 1: Design & Supplies

I designed the glowdecahedron in SolidWorks (see attached CAD: Glowdecahedron) using the following materials:

- 1/2" OD, 3/8" ID, Polycarbonate Tubes from TAP Plastic.

- 1/16" Thick Polycarbonate Sheet from TAP Plastic.

- 3/16" OD Rivets from The Home Depot.

- 1/8" Dia. Lime Green EL Wire from Cool Neon.

After designing the plastic joints, I used the boolean feature in SolidWorks to create the 3D printed stamps (see attached CAD: Stamp_1.1,1.2,2.1,2.2).

This is excellent. Great build and great "street art". I love it.
<p>Tubular! </p>
<p>Very nice! Must have a go at making some vacuum molds soon.</p>
great one buddy!!
<p>That looks awesome :) You did a great job on the vacuum mold too.</p>

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Bio: I create playful interactive art that questions reality and common sense.
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