The neon mirror is 10'x10', and holds a 20x20 grid of neon symbols. There are 400 unique symbols total which are categorized by color and theme: Red (Evil), Orange (Love/Care), Yellow (Happiness/Comfort), Green (Nature/Wonder), Blue (Emptiness/Superficiality), Purple (Soul/Creation/Sexuality), and Pink (Fun/Childhood). It creates an enormous neon rainbow that is symbolically reflecting the experiences of life while physically reflecting the viewer of the piece.
The symbols were drawn in Illustrator as paths and then CNCed as grooves into panels of wood. EL Wire is then run through each shape and through a terminal hole in the panel, where it connects to a custom designed circuit board that allows for control of each of the 400 symbols individually.
A Kinect camera embedded in the center of the mirror sends a video feed which is processed in order to determine which symbols to turn on/off to create a "reflection" of the viewer of the piece.
My first exposure to ITP was Danny Rozin's wood mirror in the lobby. The second I saw it I knew I wanted to build one, but with my own twist on it. My personal aesthetic is colorful, psychedelic, and light-based - so I settled on EL Wire / Neon as the material.