"Hikari Cube" is a sensory sculpture
collaboration between Miya Ando and James George. Designed to look like
a steel cube, this sculpture has a hidden motion detector able to 'hear'
when a person is approaching- which then mimics normal breathing patterns
via a light which is transmitted through the cube. The piece is a representative
study of how non-sentient objects are able to absorb the energy around them,
and the notion that sense, memory, and spirit is transferable to the inanimate
like tools, buildings, or even entire cities.
The Hikari Cube's electronic components consist of a contact microphone,
Arduino microcontroller, and a light array. The system detects vibrations
of people stepping near and attempts to interpret the patterns as communication,
responding with patterned light.