Shining bright

Daan Roosegaarde’s interactive artwork “Crystal” allows people to play and share their stories of light.

Crystal is not only innovative in terms of appearance, but the interactive element makes the artwork unique.

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde refers to his interactive light artwork Crystal as “Lego from Mars”. The name refers not only to its futuristic design, but also to its endless potential to play.

Hundreds of LED-crystals have been placed in a black tunnel at the Natlab, where Einstein once worked, encouraging people to create new and unique experiences. The installation is said to be one of the latest innovations in light.

The white geometric shapes with LEDs inside are scattered on a magnetic floor which allows each crystal to light up when touched. As people create words, letters and pictures, the Crystal installation sees people sharing creativity and stories.

Crystal has previously been exhibited in Amsterdam, Paris and Moscow and is now permanent in Eindhoven. The grand opening of the installation took place on the first day of Dutch Design Week 2013. 

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