Construction Warning Lights Hacked into Flowers

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Construction Warning Lights Hacked into Flowers

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My friend Sean McIntyre and his collaborator Reid Bingham created Public Constructions, a light installation that borrows its aesthetic from construction barricades and warning lights. The tech behind it is pretty cool, too. “The 10 foot tall glowing flowers in the installation were made from 64 hacked traffic barricade lights,” according to their site. “Each one was rewired with custom electronics to be able to be controlled by DMX over Cat-6 cables. The entire installation was controlled by a BeagleBone.” What makes it even cooler is that the controller and its various support components fit within a small suitcase:


The installation was created for DLECTRICITY, a nighttime light art festival that took place in Detroit in October.

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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