Infinity Cube for NCMA Exhibit



The Challenge

In Fall 2015, NCMA hosted an exhibit of the works of MC Escher. Escher, is one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints that feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations. Concurrently, the museum will host an exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci “codices”. These codices provide an insight into the inquiring mind of da Vinci the artist, scientist and thinker as well as an exceptional illustration of the link between art and science and the creativity of the scientific process. The Museum was searching for an interactive display to complement the exhibition.


The Solution

The project team combined two-way mirrors, LEDs, sensors and a micro-controller to create an “Infinity Cube”. The design consisted of a cube made of two-way mirrors and filled with LEDs.  The LEDs were controlled by a micro-controller and created interesting patterns and effects.  The team also incorporate an ultrasonic sensor to be an input to the micro-controller which cause the “Infinity Cube” to change the display.

The “Infinity Cube” was very successful and can be found on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The project was featured on NC State Electrical and Computer Engineering website.


Project Details

Students: Jesse Davi, Evan Heiman, Andy Tong, and Robert Jamison

Areas of Technology: Embedded System with Microcontroller, Signal Processing, Sensor Integration

Semesters:  Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

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