FINAL PROJECT: PAPER PINWHEELS

FORSYTH Kayla

Paper Pinwheels

 Inspired by Wonbin Yang’s work Species Series (2012), my work explores movement as a source of wonderment. Yang’s robots made out of rubbish and abandoned objects that navigated themselves as if a wind was blowing the objects around were the muses for my installation. I extended this fascination with movement by drawing further influences from the natural movement in Alexander Calder mobiles and the use paper as a medium in Jean Arp’s works.

Motion sensors detect passer-byers presence and this input drives a line of servomotors that make the pinwheels rotate. The orchestrated movement creates the illusion that there is a gust of wind. The work is displayed in the centre of the gallery space in order for the installation to receive maximum audience interaction.

 

CODE:

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int sensorValue = 0; // variable to store the value coming from the sensor

const int threshold1 = 90; //distance from sensor to activate
const int threshold2 = 50; //distance from sensor to activate
const int threshold3 = 30; //distance from sensor to activate
const int threshold4 = 20; //distance from sensor to activate
const int threshold5 = 10; //distance from sensor to activate

void setup() {
// declare the ledPin as an OUTPUT:
pinMode(2, OUTPUT);
pinMode(3, OUTPUT);
pinMode(4, OUTPUT);
pinMode(5, OUTPUT);
pinMode(6, OUTPUT);

Serial.begin(9600);
}

void loop() {
// read the value from the sensor:
sensorValue = analogRead(A0);
Serial.println(sensorValue);

if(sensorValue<threshold1)
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
else
digitalWrite(2, LOW);
delay(100);

if(sensorValue<threshold2)
digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
else
digitalWrite(3, LOW);
delay(100);

if(sensorValue<threshold3)
digitalWrite(4, HIGH);
else
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
delay(100);

if(sensorValue<threshold4)
digitalWrite(5, HIGH);
else
digitalWrite(5, LOW);
delay(100);

if(sensorValue<threshold5)
digitalWrite(6, HIGH);
else
digitalWrite(6, LOW);
delay(100);
}

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