Boreal is an interactive light installation for a large number of events such as: music concerts, music festivals, parades, opening ceremonies, etc. Boreal enhances the experience of an event by interacting visually to sound. More than 500 balloons and 1,000 LEDs are used as pixels, to create a volumetric screen with infinite patterns and possibilities.
It was presented at Phish Festival 8 in Indio, California on 30th October 2009. Boreal was a great success with over 50,000 people attending the 3-day festival resulting in comments such as ‘awesome’ and ‘the next level of concert art’. The festival follow lots of different YouTube videos uploaded by fans and has already been viewed by 25,000 people.
Boreal was designed and manufactured from scratch, every element was custom-made and especially developed for this project. The installation is 10x5m and consists of an internal inflatable blimp covered with latex balloons and LEDs. The blimp is filled with helium and the external balloons are filled with plain air. Each of the balloons have a PCB with 2 RGB LEDs, which are computer controlled, so it is possible to generate any pattern as you would do on a standard LED screen. It can be controlled by a computer with the necessary software and a specially design keyboard with a pre-programmed playlist, and can interact to live sound or even be controlled remotely by an iphone. It flies up to a height of 10 metres and moves easily around the site.