"Hyper Terra" is a projection-mapped sculpture with an integrated projector, computer, and power supply. The sculpture is a mountain with simulated solar and lunar lighting that can be set up with any lat/long on Earth and a point in time. The graphics software has controls for time advancement towards the past or future, the long/lat on Earth, solar/lunar positioning, light color, and more. The result is both a sculpture and a dynamic visual timepiece.
Artist and Author: Gabriel Labov Dunne (www)
Title: "Hyper Terra"
Instructable Link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Hyper-Terra/
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Description: An abstract landscape is illuminated by light and shadow generated by sun and moon positions from any time and place on Earth. Graphics are projection-mapped onto the landscape by an embedded projector and computer, powered by an integrated power supply.
Medium: MDF, Birch Plywood, Aluminum, LCD Projector, Embedded Computer, Power Supply, Custom graphics software written in C++
Tooling: CNC, Water Jet, Laser Cutter, Wood Shop, Metal Shop
Design Software Used: McNeel Rhino/Grasshopper, Autodesk Inventor/HSM, Autodesk Maya
To execute this concept, I began sketching ideas for dioramas and miniature scenes. I also had to include an embedded computer and projector to somewhere to augment the time and place of a scene. I started out with boxy-like diorama constructions and varied all the way to craggily peaks and towers.
In my research I was also interested in traditional Chinese model landscapes call 山水 盆景, or “Penjing”, which represent small landscape models and/or living sculptures. Sometimes these sculptures include practical effects such as real water, plants, smoke, and lighting. One thing I especially appreciated about these small landscapes is that you could view it from all angles. I felt this was extremely important, so I ditched any ideas that involved putting the project in a box.
Because the software is ephemeral, and the sculpture is physical, it's easy to have many visual ideas before committing to them as I can upgrade the software at any time.