Hover, our proposal for a temporary light installation for an vacant urban lot, is part of our ongoing research in incorporating alternative power sources into interactive light and sound installations for public spaces. The advantages of using solar power are evident from an environmental standpoint, but an "off-grid" approach also allows independent units to function independently while aggregating into a singular form. The open cells in an irregular cable network are filled with variably-sized vinyl pockets that taper to an open end, allowing sun or rain through. Outfitted with a solar panel, micro-processor and LED rope lighting, each sleeve is constructed with a double-layered skin: a reflective interior that focuses the sunlight at the collector panel, and a colorful outer skin that diffuses the integral LED light toward the space below. The resulting canopy is both an architectural device that shapes space and an interactive field of light that hovers above an occupied ground.
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