Luna is an interactive shrine showcasing the connection between the moon, the earth and its creatures. A spherical moon, covered in thousands of intricately hand cut, metal moths pulses with light in real time, reflecting participant’s heartbeats as they interact with the tides of the moon. Luna creates a magical group experience celebrating symbiosis.
Luna will be made of metal, referencing our ancient moon, earth, and comets. The moths will be hand cut out of copper, brass, and bronze, then faceted to a welded steel frame and base. LED lights will be woven into the steel base. The entire base will glow, reflecting live tidal data. Inside the installation will be hamsas with pulse sensors. As participants place their hands upon the sensors, individual moths light up and pulse with participant’s heartbeat.
Luna is live art, wholly interactive and continually in motion. While Luna pulses with its own tidal heartbeat, the sculpture truly comes alive with human interaction. Participants experience this space emotionally as they fuse shared human connections with a shared connection to the natural world. As participants visualize their heartbeats, Luna creates magic and wonder making us more aware as individuals, communities, and as a planet.
Problems and Hypothesis
As a world culture, we are suffering from a lack of engagement with our natural world. This has led some towards apathy, and others towards feelings of helplessness, due to a lack of understanding of our connection to each other, the larger planet, and the larger whole.
Our climate is changing. Without intervention and responsible choices this will eventually lead to our planet becoming inhabitable to humans. With the rise in technology, our human species is also experiencing a shift in the concept of community. We are increasingly surrounded by people who share our same views and opinions. We are grouped on social media by our likes, creating homogenous societies, which lack diversity of thought and action. Our social interactions are becoming more and more superficial every day. Yet, at our core, we are social beings and crave meaningful interactions with others. Both imbalances are man-made. Through our own self-absorption, we’ve harmed not only our social world, but our natural world too. Through awareness we can make better choices for our planet and our relationships, and harness the power of collective action.
I am a global thinker. I am most interested in the universal human experience, creating solutions that unite us rather than separates us. My strength is seeing and creating solutions that utilize multiple disciplines and engage human emotions, raising awareness, and forming bridges from one person to another, empowering us towards solutions. My proposed solution to this social crisis, is entitled, Luna, a ten-foot in diameter globe and interactive shrine showcasing our shared connection between the moon, the earth, and its creatures. A moon, covered in thousands of intricately hand-cut metal moths, will pulse with light reflecting participant’s heartbeats as they interact with the globe’s heartbeat which is reacting to tidal data in real time.
Luna will be made of metal, referencing our ancient moon, earth, and comets. Luna’s metal moths will reflect and shine with sunlight, and pulse with light at night. The moths will be hand cut out of copper, brass, and bronze, then faceted to a welded steel frame and base. LED lights will be woven into the steel base. The entire base will glow reflecting live tidal data. Inside the installation will be hamsas with pulse sensors. As participants place their hands upon the sensors, individual moths will light up and pulse with participant’s heartbeat. The interactive shrine will radiate with light; pulsing, breathing, shifting from moment to moment, celebrating our symbiotic relationships with each other and our universe.
Luna is live art, wholly interactive and continually in motion. Luna showcases symbiosis, reminding participants how important our presence is on this planet. In combining our energies, Luna reminds us that we have collective action. We all share this planet, we all pulse with life. Through illuminating our pulses as they interact, this shrine brings people together in conversation, meditation and thought; emboldening us. We are called upon daily to create positive impact on the larger whole, if we choose.