It’s cool. It’s shiny. I’m going to write about it.
Let’s get started. Basically this projects combines two things that I find interesting into one. Not like advanced physics interesting. More like flashy lights interesting.
1. What it is.
First, a little intro to the infinity mirror. If you’ve ever seen that scene in Citizen Kane (you probably haven’t, but should) where Orsen Welles walks down a hallway and he is reflected in two opposite mirrors and it looks like he’s going off into infinity, that’s exactly the concept of the infinity mirror. Aim two mirrors at each other and they will continually reflecting light, giving what’s in between them the appearance that it is going off into infinity. Another example: that scene in Inception right before Ariadne gets stabbed in the chest by Mal (intense). Anyway, point is, it’s a cool effect that can be created easily and more importantly, cheap…ily…
2. How to do it.
All you need are some LEDs (or any type of light source) and two mirrors so that LEDs will light a portal into your wall to infinity! Of course, one of them needs to be see through so you and your guests can see said awesome LED portal effect. Luckily, such mirrors exist, known as two way mirrors, and if you throw some LEDs between the two way mirror and the regular mirror, bam! infinity mirror complete.
3. Making it semi-useful.
“Sure, it looks cool, but can it do anything?” Well…not really. Art for art’s sake (I don’t know if you would call this art) is cool, but in cases like this where it’s more tech-y then art-y, it’d be nice for the piece to have a bit more purpose. I went with a clock. You could make it into a table, a floor (trippy), or just keep it a framed mirror. That’s up to you.
4. Making it semi-more awesome.
I decided to go one step further with this project and include something else I’m interested in: making things sound reactive. If you haven’t seen the EL Wire Suit that Daniel L. O’Malley and I made for Halloween last year, it is an epic costume that reacts to sound around it. After making it (and later breaking it), the sound reactive idea stuck with me, and now I’m on a mission to attach a mic and lights to everything I own. Thus, I decided to add modes to the clock: Off (lights off), On (lights on), Sound (mic -> amplifier -> LEDs), and Bass (mic -> amplifier -> low pass filter -> LEDs).
Let’s add some photos!