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“Water printer”

大阪駅の水時計 [ Osaka Station City ]


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9 Comments

  1. That is just magical. I’d sure like to know more about it. I wonder how small that functionality could be made.

  2. Completely, utterly, cool. Extraordinary work.

  3. That’s not very original.
    Digital Water Pavillion, Expo Zaragoza 2008:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3hDFpRNutA&feature=related

  4. @elbarney – likely the same folks worked on each one…

  5. New works of art in a totally new medium often have similar characteristics.

    Henri Matisse and Georges Braque both used oil paints on canvas. You would have to be blind to not notice the differences beyond that. My apologies if you are actually blind. Even then, you could probably appreciate the differences in sound textures these different water printer artworks can create. That’s interesting in itself.

    So, who really cares if the medium is ‘original’ or not.

    If only one small set of artists get to create art with this new medium, has it really been explored?

    I’ll answer that rhetorical question for you: no.

    So set your phasers to stun; making art like this is hard work. It takes a herculean effort politically and technically. Then you need an ongoing effort to maintain the artwork from a mechanical perspective, as well as making a decision to update the artwork. Who gets to do that? How often? Are other artists invited?

    It’s so much more complex than to merely say if it’s "original" or not. A good way to start appreciating other peoples’ artwork is to try making some yourself.

    tl;dr: not original, so what? it’s beautiful.

  6. I’m totally dumping my savings into ebay solenoid futures.

    That’s really inspiring.

  7. It’s interesting to think about how to do color with such a gadget. RGB colored tubes with a bit if dye in each wouldn’t be too hard, but re-using the water afterwards is kind of tricky.

  8. @kevin

    Erect a black background, give the water a white pigment and then shoot a projector at it. Of course, the visual effect will probably not be much different from just projecting onto a solid sheet of water.

  9. I don’t think you need tubes or dye, you just need a row of RGB LEDs shining down through each column (as long as you’re willing to settle for not being able to color each pixel individually…) – it’d still add a nice effect.

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