Visitors to New York City's Brookfield Place can conduct their own light show using a wood device fabricated by a team of furniture makers and high-tech designers.
As part of its annual holiday Luminaries display, Brookfield Place has added a new element called Maestro. It's a controller that functions for lighting the way a theremin creates ethereal music from the motion of hands.
Timbur, a furniture fabricator that specializes in stack laminated wood constructions machined on a 5-axis robotic CNC router, teamed up with the design studio Lab at Rockwell Group to create the device. It's made by machining sheets of stack laminated birch plywood into a sinuous organic form. The controller uses skeletal tracking technology to let visitors conduct their own symphonies without a single touch.
Luminaries is a holiday ritual inspired by the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, community and light. For each wish made and interaction with Maestro, Brookfield Place will donate $1 up to $25,000 to City Harvest.
See how Maestro was made and watch it in action in the video below.
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