Lucid Stead is a beautiful picturesque story, involving an abandoned 70 year old structure, located in Joshua Tree, California. For the project it went through a spectacular transformation using mirrors and LEDs, to let observers enjoy a peaceful journey of optical experiences, engaging both natural and artificial lights.
During the day Lucid Stead appears to be mystical as if about to transpire into the harsh and barren terrain. Then again, it makes its presence felt with its play of reflected light and shadows on the ground, as it stands tall glowing with pride.
With time, as the sun approaches the horizon, it holds on to the very last specks of light, painting its surrounding with variable hues; all of which gets perfectly captured on its lit windows. The magic doesn’t end there though. With fitted LED lights, electronics and Arduino programming, it reassures its remarkable existence even in the dark, as streaks of light peep through it and windows subtly switch between colors.
Phillip K Smith III is the mind behind this magnificent art installation, which was unveiled for guests on 12th of October 2013. The artist says, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”
Here’s a video [below] for you to enjoy the complete process.