Positivity Plant




About: Visual Artist from Chicago

Positivity Plant, 2014

The Positivity Plant explores the relationship between humans and plants by using wind to light LED’s in order to send a positive message.

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Step 1: Materials

Materials needed:
Plant, copper tape, battery, 2 LED's, 1 resistor, conductive wire, and a soldering iron
(hot glue gun optional)

Step 2:

First, you'll want to solder your 2 LED's to your resistor and place them into the front of your plant. This particular plant had rocks so I was able to stick the leeds under the rocks to keep them in place.

Step 3:

Next you will solder conductive wire to either side of your LED's and resistor. This way the wires are coming out on opposite sides of the plant.

Step 4: (optional)

Hot glue rocks over your wire so that they are less visible.

Step 5:

Next you will solder copper tape to one wire thats attached to one side of the LED's and on another wire that is attached to the battery. The wire on the other side of the LED's will also be attached to the battery.

Step 6:

You will then feed the two wires with copper tape up the stem of the plant and onto two leaves that are close to each other. One wire should attach to the bottom side of the leaf while the other attaches to the top side. This way they can touch when wind blows them together.

Step 7:

You can then hide all of the attached wires and battery by taping it all to the back of the plant.
(You can use a smaller battery and it will work just as well)

Step 8:

Finally you make a small stencil that says whatever positive reinforcement that is relevant to your life and attach it over the LED's.
(there are many ways of doing this but this specific sign has tracing paper behind the letters so the LED's shine more evenly over the words

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    You could use one AA battery to power a garden lamp LED chip that uses a coil to power 2 bright LED's. You could also use a garden light solar panel with this chip to charge the battery and keep it off until it is dark enough to see. Here's the chip:


    All of the parts you need come inside of a cheap solar garden lamp if you don't want to learn electronics. Connect the solar panel straight to one rechargeable AA battery and it will charge it without cutting off power to the LED's. Pin 1 of the 4 pin chip turns it off when the voltage is high on it.


    3 years ago

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    For this plant in particular, the watering happens in the grassy section behind the rocks. So the wires go around it and don't come in contact with the water. There is also plastic covering over them so they should be fine even if they do touch water!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Um... Yeah, the wire is insulated, but the component leads don't appear to be covered. In fact, in the top pic of step 2, the LED leads are shorted (touching). Since one pic shows the sign illuminated, I assume you spread them out again, but insulating (with teflon tubing or heat shrink*) them would avoid the problem.

    (* If you're on a budget, you can also strip some insulation from your wire and slide the insulation over the component leads. Probably won't work if your wire is small gauge like 22AWG or smaller.)


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes you're right! This is my first time ever working with LED's and circuits so when I took the picture I didn't realize that them touching would mess it up and I had to push them apart. I was advised to use heat shrink on the LED's but I had a deadline so didn't have the time to add that on. That being said, the water doesn't go near the LED's at all so they should be fine as is!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You mean the moss where the battery hangs just below the rim of the pot containing the lopped off ficus? Seems a bit worrisome, and it might be good to recommend a fake plant since those can still move in the wind but won't require water or fertilizer or repotting. Just to be safe. If only because plants shed leaves and don't like pores being clogged. :)