Enchanted Forest of Light - On-site Systems Engineer

Location: Descanso Gardens - La Cañada Flintridge, California
Company: 4Wall

The Enchanted Forest of Light is an event held at Descanso Gardens and was designed by Chris Medvitz with Lightswitch. They wanted to add some custom rotary controllers guests could spin to change the color on the trees in front of them. To accomplish this, I designed and programmed a custom Arduino that received a control signal from the rotary encoder and sent an Art-Net signal to the lighting controller.

I was also brought on as an on-site Systems Engineer to help troubleshoot the custom lighting pieces and provide additional programming support for the pixel-mapped art pieces. One of the pieces included over 3000 LED tulips pixel-mapped on ELM. Previous years required several nights of manually mapping each LED tulip on ELM. I wrote a script that allowed us to map the LED pixels in a matter of minutes. This allowed us to finish this part of the project several days ahead of schedule.

Rotary Controller in action

Pixel Mapped LED Tulips

The ELM pixel mapper script GUI

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