A Kinetic Sculpture: Tactus

A Kinetic Sculpture: Tactus
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IAT 337 Final Project — A Kinetic SculptureTactus is a kinetic sculpture with breathing mechanisms to represent the liveliness of the natural world through thriving 'creatures'. Each of these 'creatures' are a visual metaphor for energy consumption within a designated space. It aims to inform the user while promoting an ongoing conversation on sustainability as a means to counter the overconsumption of resources. We see Tactus as an opportunity to give the natural world a voice, in which the green sections of each piece expands as less energy is consumed, and contracts when more is. Each interactive 'creature' could potentially be a representation of different spaces, informing about each space through a visual abstraction of what could be pie charts. As the green sections demonstrate a metaphor of the well-being of the natural world, decisions concerning energy consumption become both a visual and physical entity.We hope that users strive to be rewarded with the liveliness of the green hue, parallel to striving for a more green earth. Tactus embodies our intentions of making the impacts of our decisions immediately evident to us, rather than a far away reality, in which we may adjust our individual lifestyle and spending patterns to immerse ourselves in a dialogue with nature.View more at: Song: «The Backward Step» by Hammock