About this project
NEW STRETCH GOAL ADDED!!!!
We are so excited to have met our funding goal in under 6 days, and with 25 days left in our campaign we are adding a Stretch Goal. If we hit $20,000 we will DONATE a full-scale fiber optic installation to a hospital or healthcare facility in the Continental United States. AND we will continue to donate for every additional $10,000 we raise!
And YOU (our wonderful backers) will help decide what hospital or healthcare facility we donate to. Have a place in mind? Send us the name and location of the facility. Have a contact at a particular facility? Send it to us. We will contact the facility and see if they are interested. If so, and if we meet our Stretch Goal, we will then compile a list of interested facilities and YOU will vote on where we will donate.
So help us spread the word, and see if we can hit the new Stretch Goal to donate full-scale fiber optic installation(s) to hospitals of your choice!
The installations will be roughly 15-20 panels, depending on the individual requirements of the participating facility.
Hi and thanks for checking out our project!
We need your help to continue the development of our fiber optic installations, which we believe can be used to promote healing by triggering positive physiological reactions in the viewer.
I am an artist/designer with 30+ years experience in design. Since 2001, I have focused exclusively on lighting design. This work has encompassed large-scale public light installations, public and private commissions, and a wide exploration of light sources and effects. The fiber optic installations are merging my early training in fine arts, my 30 years of product design experience, and my 20 year obsession with lighting.
Nature inspired images are digitally printed, and individually drawn over by hand with charcoal and pastels. We then embed hundreds of fiber optic cables into the drawings, creating pixels of light throughout the installations.
What Inspired this Project
In a recent solo exhibition of my work in Cologne, we discovered that these light installations had an unexpected effect on the viewers. Throughout the month long exhibit, people would come into the gallery and stay for hours. They didn’t want to talk to the curator, or hear about the artist, they just wanted to sit and look. Many returned multiple times to the exhibit, again quietly just “being” with the light installations.
This is not a typical reaction to exhibits; statistically viewers observe artwork for an average of 30 seconds.I was intrigued with this reaction to my work and have spent the last 18 months searching for a cause.Is it the imagery? Is it the lighting? Or is it a combination of both that triggered the reaction of sitting quietly for long stretches of time, essentially "calming" the viewer?
Promoting Healing with Art + Light
The results have been fascinating. Research shows that there are measurable physiological effects from both art and light that could explain the effect of "calming" that we witnessed during the solo exhibit in Cologne. This is why it is important for us to get this work installed where we can further test this work in healthcare settings. For more information on the research we found, go to my website’s kickstarter page at http://lyngodley.com/Kickstarter.html
Why We Need this Campaign
Based on the reactions in Cologne and on the research we found, we are in discussion with a number of researchers, hospitals and healing centers to install four fiber optic installations to begin documenting the physiological effects. Our part in this research is to supply the installations. The support we get from this Kickstarter campaign will help make this possible.
To date we have completed two large fiber-optic installations, with a third almost done. However, we need to upgrade the LED hardware, and the fiber optic and electrical connections for a commercial install. We are currently working with Arduino micro-computing technology, and also investigating a number of applications by Philips Electric to enhance the work with interactive capabilities. WATER WALL is being equipped with a subtle blinking pattern, which travels across the panels like sunlight across the water’s surface.
We want to add one more full installation to the collection so we will have four completed works, two with interactive capabilities. This next installation will be based on natural fractal imagery (exposure to such imagery has been shown to reduce stress), and add the interactive capability for the fiber optics to change colors based on built in sensors in the panels. We will document and post the entire process of this fourth installation from concept development through installation on our website.
A successful campaign will allow us to complete the interactive computing technology on the WATER WALL, upgrade for commercial installation the hardware for all of the installations, and produce the fourth large scale fiber optic installation with interactive capabilities.
Ok, let’s talk rewards! (the reason you are here….)
In addition to a wide range of rewards based on the fiber optic works including: stickers, tee shirts, digital prints of the fiber optic panels, and a full-out fiber optic installation. As an additional reward for the Kickstarter campaign, we are excited to be reissuing the CRINKLE LAMP, which I co-designed with the late Lloyd Schwan in 1996. This lamp was the last piece we designed together during our collaboration as Godley-Schwan.
An icon of contemporary design, the CRINKLE LAMP became part of the permanent collection of both the Museum of Modern Art in 1998, and the Museum of Art and Design in 2000.
This iconic lamp is being re-issued specifically for this campaign. They are still individually handmade here in our studio, and will be offered in a wide range of the original colors in addition to one new color never offered before, a rich burgundy (think Pinot Noir!). In 2001 the lamp retailed for $150. We are offering an early bird special for the first 100 lamps, to pledges of only $120. These will be ready to ship as soon as the campaign wraps up, and an additional 150 lamps for $140 which will ship in late October. So be sure to pledge soon to get a pre-2001 price!
The CRINKLE LAMPS are approximately 11"x11"x11", and made of hand sculpted frosted sheet plastic with steel disks at base. They are equipped with a candelabra socket, come with a 40 watt bulb, and are wired for US outlets. International backers will need to supply their own plug adaptors. Packaged weight is 4 lbs.
And here is the rest of the list of rewards...
I would like to thank our studio team (Tara, Steve, Ryan, Dylan, Keeley, Jacob, Alexi, Wolf, and Otto) that helped put this project together, Mark Havens for the photography, as well as Taylor Lisney for his great video work.
We are so excited about the potential for the new fiber optic work, and hope you will help support our campaign (and get lots of rewards!) and of course, spread the word!!
Risks and challenges
We have 30 years of experience producing and delivering product and commissioned installations on time and on budget. Our production takes place in house so we can control our delivery schedule. If, however, we run into a delay due to the delivery of materials to our studio, we will notify our supporters and keep them informed as to any changes in delivery.
We have already sourced the hardware we need for the upgrading of the LEDs and fiber optics electronics. We have also built delivery time into our schedule, as well as arranging for back-up suppliers. Because we have already produced a number of these installations, we are confident in the time frames we have set.
We currently have all of the materials in house to make the first 100 Crinkle Lamps at the Early Bird price, so they will be ready to go as soon as the campaign wraps up.
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