I'm making a light-up pop-up book of NYC using MTA subway maps and surface-mount LEDs.
Who I am: Hello, world! My name is Gabriela, and I am a second year student at NYU ITP. For more info about me and my projects, please visit my blog.
What this is: This project is called Light Up Pop Up NYC. Help fulfill my dream of repurposing MTA subway maps to make art! I'm a big fan of transportation, maps and electronics, and my campaign's purpose is to create an interactive pop-up book of NYC in which the main stations are lit up by tiny, super bright surface-mount LEDs.
How it works: All the circuitry will be hidden between the layers of paper so that it lies flat, like a regular pop-up book. Imagine a parallel system of copper tape subway lines running behind the paper, and that the LEDs are soldered where the stations go.
Why I'm doing this: I think the NYC subway map is underused as an object of art. I've been working on a prototype of Manhattan with one station lit up, but the project is complicated because the soldering at such a small scale requires a lot of time, patience and precision. If time and resources allow, I want to connect photocells or a PIR motion sensor to the front of the book to add an element of interactivity, and control the lights with a Lilypad Arduino.
Materials: the funding will go towards materials such as super-bright surface mount LEDs, Lilypads, special paper. If you are a special backer, you will get a one-page book for your home.
When you can see it: The book (in its entirety or the finished pages) will be displayed at ITP's table at the MoCCA Fest, on April 28 and 29. I estimate that the final product will be finished sometime in late May.
A working prototype of the book will be on display at ITP's table at this year's MoCCAfest. The next version of the book will be on display at the ITP Spring show.