The Design Trust for Public Space and Times Square Arts have selected Aranda\Lasch + Marcelo Coelho as winners of the 2018 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition, an annual event that brings a love-themed sculpture to the Crossroads of the World. This year’s installation, Window to the Heart, leverages 3D printing to capture the Instagram zeitgeist. The project team collaborated with Formlabs to design a 12-foot-wide 3D-printed Fresnel lens to collect and morph Times Square’s lights through a central, heart-shaped aperture.
When you think of the tradition of silver in New York, it’s reasonable for thoughts to turn to historic pieces such as ornate trophies or intricate tabletop goods. An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, though, handily proves that silver is a vibrant, viable material that today remains at the heart of creativity — and takes advantage of the latest technology.
At the respected M.I.T. Media Lab, Marcelo Coelho collaborated with the artist Vik Muniz to help him achieve a poetic and technical feat that teases the imagination: drawing a picture of a castle on a single grain of sand. After two years of failed experiments with various lasers, they finally began getting images of beautiful complexity using an electron microscope with a focused ion beam to etch superfine lines
Designer Marcelo Coelho and artist Vik Muniz have teamed up to etch microscopic castles onto single grains of sand in a painstaking art project -- more than four years in the making -- called Sandcastles.
The pair teamed up to develop a complex, time-consuming technique that involved using an ion beam to etch the pictures of European castles.
At the far end of the balcony overlooking the main hall at Design Miami/Basel in June, there was a small, dark room. In this space of velvety blackness, visitors were confronted with a mesmerising constellation of square coloured lights that were fixed, somehow, onto the wall and changed colour in a programmed sequence, running a gamut of cool or warm hues. Beyond that, however, the installation itself was changing shape as people, now dimly glimpsed, moved the 220 squares of light into different patterns on the wall, creating shapes that were then animated by the changing colours. Then, most curiously of all, if you approached one of these coloured boxes yourself and placed your hand on it – one winking through green, blue and yellow, let us say – and then reached out to touch another box with your other hand, the second box would change colour to match the first. The two boxes were sending messages through your body.