This is the first video showing how the process behind making a wall of shy robotic flowers.
I call this a Peace Garden. It's going to be in the Comfest Peace Village, and I felt that this was an appropriate name. Also, I call it this because the flowers need people around to bloom - but they need people who are at peace; if you move too quickly, the flowers will close up.
The different concepts that went into making this piece will be taught as an introduction to interactive sculpture - at the Columbus Idea Foundry - in August of 2013. (If you want on my email list so you know when it's going to be, please sign up for it here: eepurl.com/NrXh.)
After the festival, these flowers will be for sale. I'm hoping to raise some funds to get into the School for Poetic Computation in the fall - I need to cover the cost of relocating to NYC for three months. It's a school for artists who work with hardware and software and make beautiful things and experiences.
If I don't get in, I'll spend the money on another project and get even better at making this sort of art.
Regardless of what happens, I'll be proud of this piece and hope you can make it out to the festival to see it up and running.