Created by Tangible Intervention in collaboration with origami artist, Joseph Wu for the Vancouver Aquarium, Jelly Swarm features 94 carefully folded origami jellies, each containing an LED light module, suspended from a custom designed and fabricated aluminum structure.

Inspired by the luminescent jellies found off the British Columbia coast, Jelly Swarm mimics their natural, reactive light behaviour. It allows Aquarium visitors to excite the origami jellies into creating beautiful colour and light patterns from a touch screen controller. When left undisturbed by the public, the jellies interact with their closest neighbours, triggering random, generative displays of coloured light.

Development & Build Summary:
94 origami jellies made from Tyvek were laser cut and scored before folding. The Jelly Swarm structure was designed in 3D with Grasshopper and custom Visual Basic scripts. The resulting water jet cut 154 custom triangles and 430 connectors are fabricated from 2mm 6061T6 aluminum, anodized on both sides.

Lighting design and interactive was produced using a custom built Adobe Air application developed in Flash Builder. A bespoke ArtNet library implemented in Actionscript 3.0 sends data through an mbed based controller to the RGB LED light modules inside the jellies.

The result is a captivating installation that runs in the Pacific Canada Pavilion gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium until the end of February 2012.

Concept: Alex Beim & Joseph Wu
Design: Reynaldo Tortoledo & Alex Beim
Design Assist: Pam Troyer & Kenji Rodriguez
Engineering Consultant: Leigh Christie
Jelly Design & Fabrication: Joseph Wu
Programming: Reynaldo Tortoledo & Pablo Gindel
Electronics: Pablo Gindel, Dong Yang & Mike Manning
Production: Andy Meakin

Commissioned by Rebecca Eames at Vancouver Aquarium

Tangible Intervention: http://tangibleintervention.com
Joseph Wu: http://www.origami.as/home.html
Photos: Mark Montgomery: http://majomo.ca/