Marco Lurati

Black Dragon

Interactive environnement installation


The project consists in a small-scale prototype representing a big ceiling installation designed for a big circus company show to entertain the audience in the lobby area. The installation consists in a long-limbed wavy surface hanging on the audience and moving like a river.

The triangular texture maintains the industrial heritage of the building for witch the installation as been designed. The surface is illuminated to highlight the shapes of the surface and the movement as well.

The audience can interact with the surface and bring it alive thanks to the physical interface composed by buttons and positioned under the surface on its all length. Each segment of the interface does move the correspondent segment of the surface.





MAIND SUPSI, interactive environment course


Federico Lameri


Bill Keays



The prototype works fully manually and physically, without any electronic actuator or computer. In the next video the building process is shown. The whole board counted 209 manual actuators, so the "work chain" to build it has been quite intensive but I loved it!

The building process has been quite tricky, especially because of the surface. To have a perfect aligned pattern with the right distance between the Plexiglas triangles also to allow the surface moving freely, we had first to build a mask to ensure the positioning on the fabric of the triangles. The second step has been to first cover the Plexiglas sheet with double face tape before laser cut the triangles so that everything was clean cut just once. The result has been very satisfying.

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