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LED lit 2' square steel vertical wall on wheels; walking requires a long sturdy extension cord for full effect. Lighting support provided by my friend John "Parts" Taylor of LumiGeek. CAD file support provided by my friend Aaron Porterfield.
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Step 1: Design

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I embarked on an exploration of what a living wall could be... I settled on 2' square vertical wall with a center design influenced by sacred geometry, specifically the "Flower of Life".

Step 2: Cardboard prototype

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I used the Epilog 120 Watt Laser to cut cardboard into a scaled prototype to reality check aesthetics.

Step 3: Wood prototype

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Feels pretty good, let's move on to metal...

Step 4: Steel Frame

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Cut 2" Steel Square Tube into sections to create a 24" x 24" Vertical Frame and 10" x 24" Horizontal Base. Reality checked the Golden Gate Bridge art piece on top of the wall - GGB is a bit much, as it feels like it overpowers the Living Wall's presence...

Step 5: Waterjet cutting the "Flower of Life" into 1/16" thick Steel sheet

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I cut the design using the Omax waterjet. The Cut file was the most challenging given the 64 individual cutouts, mostly straightforward removing pieces as the cut progressed. Files attached - enjoy :)

Step 6: Sandblasting and Welding, and more sandblasting

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This step went smoothly...

Step 7: Painting the Wall

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We have come full circle in getting the finished frame and inset design back to metallic color; I used Krylon Nickel Shimmer and painted it in the spray booth (very important considerations involved given the Pier 9 location on top of the San Francisco Bay).

Step 8: Diffuser tubing to block direct viewing of LED lighting

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I used High-Pressure/Vacuum Polyethylene Tubing (0.814" ID, 1" OD, 3/32" Wall Thickness, White) to make strips that fit between the frame and the interior design to block direct viewing of the RGB LED strip that I will be running inside the frame. I used a Pneumatic Shear to cut the tubing in half longways, then a Dremel with the 1" cutter attachment to notch the tube ends to fit into the frame. Video is of me using the pneumatic shear; http://youtu.be/1hWyR1Qb8sI
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elizazet6 months ago

impressive work

timmylip (author)  elizazet6 months ago


Great one;

cool one;;)

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GrahamAbbey10 months ago

all work are amazing.

GrahamAbbey10 months ago

all work are amazing.

masterloops11 months ago

Put this up for sale.. dude its gonna make some serious dollar

timmylip (author)  masterloops11 months ago


just one word-epic :)!!!!!!!!

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HarryLaine1 year ago

nice stuff $$$$$$$

timmylip (author)  HarryLaine1 year ago


fantastic work..

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timmylip (author)  vashikaran1231 year ago


Did you know the pattern you used in the steel is a boardgame invented by Davinci I believe. Hope I spelled that right! correct me if I'm wrong!
timmylip (author)  Wolfbane2211 year ago
utilized by DaVinci but not invented by him - he was a strong student of "lost" knowledge
timmylip (author) 1 year ago
I have added the DWG and related files so you may use and play with these designs :)