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An amazing mirrored pyramid. Inside it, a beautiful kaleidoscope. ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING. Please help us make it happen. Read more

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An amazing mirrored pyramid. Inside it, a beautiful kaleidoscope. ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING. Please help us make it happen.

London, UK Public Art
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// WE'VE DONE IT! //

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We've done it! YOU'VE DONE IT! Thank you ALL so much for donating, sharing, liking, following, tweeting, bidding, booing, believing and supporting us. Thanks to you we've made it to our £12,000 target!

Lûz, here we come.

A suitably shaped celebration cake from our amazingly talented food ninja Sabrina! Check out her unbelievably delicious creations at The Good Day Cafe (click this!)
A suitably shaped celebration cake from our amazingly talented food ninja Sabrina! Check out her unbelievably delicious creations at The Good Day Cafe (click this!)

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Imagine stepping into a place that is in constant flux. It's flowing seamlessly from one beautiful composition into another, through a spectrum of colours and myriad of infinitely repeating patterns. It would be absolutely mesmerizing.

That's exactly what Lûz is. 

And this is the final stretch. Thanks to all of you who've helped us raise over £9000 over the last 4 weeks. It's been incredibly motivating to have all of your continual support all along this adventure. We've now built the floor, painted the artwork, programmed the lights and ordered the acrylic skeleton. We only need £3000 more to make Lûz happen.

Please, please, please help us. All of the money is going directly into this project of a lifetime. And once it's made we'll be able to take it round the world from festivals to museums and beyond. With your help we can do this. 

Thank you.

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// What is Lûz? //

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Lûz is a 6 meter tall, 3-sided pyramid, and as the name suggests, it is a celebration of light.

From a distance, it’s a large ethereal reflective structure blurring the lines between horizon and sky. Inside is an intricate composition of brightly coloured triangular patterns. Thanks to the mirrored interior, the geometric patterns are repeated continually - thus appearing infinite.

Participants interact with the structure from the moment they enter Lûz. Your reflection is incorporated into the patterns and then refracted within the mirrored space, making you part of the kaleidoscopic experience.

You can also control the colour of the lights within the space. By walking, dancing and moving around inside Lûz, you trigger changes in the colour of the light emitted, revealing new geometric landscapes within the patterns. 

The phenomenal thing is that the actual physical art piece hasn't changed - it's the different light spectrum being released within the pyramid that reveals the new patterns within the same art piece!

Potential pattern transitions (tests)
Potential pattern transitions (tests)

You're taken on a journey, flowing seamlessly from one composition into the next. 

The resulting experience is incredibly powerful. And it’s up to you whether you believe what you are seeing.

We want to share the Lûz experience with the whole world. Ambitious it’s true – but those who dream most, do most.

Everyone we've told about the project has been really positive about what we're trying to do. When we've invited people to experience lo-fi test runs of Lûz their reactions have been fantastic - reassuring us that it's not only us that find the experience incredibly uplifting! 

The thing we're most excited about at this stage is that we have been invited to share our work at Secret Garden Party (UK) and Burning Man (USA) this year. It's a huge honour and a terrific opportunity.

Early pattern for kaleidoscope and light manipulation experiments
Early pattern for kaleidoscope and light manipulation experiments

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// Your support //

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Though they have invited us to share our work, they can't fund the whole project. So that's where your help comes in guys. 

Please help us bring Lûz to Secret Garden Party (UK) and Burning Man (USA). If the project becomes a reality, over 80,000 people will have the chance to enjoy it with us this summer and potentially many more to come. And hopefully you’ll be one of them. 

We’ve tried hard to keep the costs at a minimum. Calling in favours, being smart with logistics and trawling through dumpsters wherever possible – but never compromising on the final experience. Your support will help us do the following: 

  • Sourcing the transparent acrylic reciprocal structure
  • Sourcing the mirrored exterior surfaces
  • Printing the kaleidoscopic art piece
  • Developing the pressure sensitive interactive floor pads
  • Manufacturing the LED lights
  • Shipping Lûz to Secret Garden Party and the Playa (Burning Man) 
Initial brainstorms
Initial brainstorms
Structural design of Lûz (by StructureMode)
Structural design of Lûz (by StructureMode)
Luz - Construction Isometric
Luz - Construction Isometric

Thank you for taking the time to check out our project.

If you like it, please spread the word.

If you want to see it come to life, please make a donation. 

No matter how big or small, each and every bit will help bring Lûz to life.

Hopefully see you this summer.

Lûz Love,

Les Méchants /x\

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// What people have been saying //

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Secret Garden Party:

http://www.secretgardenparty.com/#!/the-secret-garden-party/art/luz/

Secret Arts:

http://secretarts.co.uk/projects/luz-2/


21 Artists (3Space, Blackfriars, London, May 2013):

http://twentyoneartists.com/2013/04/25/introducing-les-mechants-thursday-may-2nd-noon-9pm/

Planet Notion:

http://www.planetnotion.com/2013/05/28/news-les-mechants-luz/

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// Things to do next //

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1. Spread the word by sharing this Kickstarter page

2. Make a donation and help bring Luz to life this summer!

3. Get in touch at hello.lesmechants@gmail.com

4. Like our Facebook page

Lûz by night (computer rendered image)
Lûz by night (computer rendered image)

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk (and fear!) is not being able to finance Lûz. Without raising sufficient funding we will not be able to secure the aforementioned materials, and as a result, won't be able to build and share the project.

Having secured the funding it's a classic race against time to source all the materials and construct Lûz in time for Secret Garden Party. Given the talent and passion behind the project, it's a challenge we're looking forward to more than a challenge we're daunted by!

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    15 backers

    Donate £5 or more and you get a screensaver of Lûz's original kaleidoscopic print

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    26 backers

    Donate £10 or more and you get a screensaver + a limited edition postcard of Lûz's original kaleidoscopic print

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    31 backers

    You're invited to the Lûz afterparty in London! It'll be a one helluva hullabaloo with everyone that's helped us along the way! Need we tempt you more?

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    9 backers

    You'll feature in the final Lûz film. We'll ask for a picture of you once we complete our funding goal. Fame doesn't come any cheaper than this!

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    10 backers Limited (10 left of 20)

    We invite you to a lovely four course dinner cooked by Les Méchants in London. Expect fantastic food, charismatic company and debauched drinking!

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    23 backers

    Donate £30 or more and you get a screensaver + two A3 print’s - one of Lûz's original kaleidoscopic print and one of Lûz's Architectural sketch

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    18 backers

    Donate £50 or more and you get a screensaver + a limited edition postcard + a handmade multi-cololured triangle necklace designed by Les Mechants friend Igou

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    12 backers

    Donate £50 or more and you get a screensaver + a limited edition postcard + a vest or a tote bag designed by Les Mechants friend Igou

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    7 backers

    Donate £250 or more and you get a screensaver + two limited edition A3 prints + a handmade multi-cololured triangle necklace designed by Les Mechants friend Igou + your name etched within the structure

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    Donate £500 or more and you get a miniature 3D printed model of Lûz (15cm)

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    Donate £700 or more and you get a miniature 3D printed model of Lûz (15cm) + a screensaver + two limited edition A3 prints + a handmade multi-cololured triangle necklace designed by Les Mechants friend Igou

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    Donate £1,500 or more and you get a not so miniature 3D printed model of Lûz (1m)

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    0 backers

    Donate £2,500 or more and you get a not so miniature 3D printed model of Lûz (1m) + a screensaver + two limited edition A3 prints + a handmade multi-cololured triangle necklace designed by Les Mechants friend Igou

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Funding period

- (30 days)