Every New Year’s Eve there’s a party crawl in Steven Wilson’s Baltimore neighborhood. Neighbors visit 5-6 houses, then end up at Steven’s house. This year he decided to go all out with a spectacular Midnight Ball Drop. Starting the project in early December, Steven built a mega-sparkleball with 10 oz hard cups, foil tape, and Applights. He ran PVC pipe through the middle so the ball would slide down a pole and made a support out of wire hoops from Michael’s. And that’s just the half of it. Check out the rooftop lowering system.
Designer Nargiza Usmanova made the shortlist of the prestigious 2016 DARC lighting design awards with her haunting installation, “12.” She hand-wove the light balls out of colored wire, 6000 zipties, and LED lights from GVA Lighting, her design partner. Originally created for a Moscow Biennale, the installation was reimagined in the Limehouse Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada by Nargiza with help from NUMZ Graphics, Victor Zubashev, and photographer Maxim Zinchuck.
Patios, camper vans, living rooms. . . now The Office. In India, Shreeyaholic and her work team won the waste management competition by making a sparkleball. Yay Sparkleball Team! In Sharon’s office 7000 miles away in northern California, her sparkleball stays lit when the energy-efficient ceiling light shuts off. A cheery sight to return to, instead of a dark office. And at Sparkleball Jones‘s workplace, several friends have his customized electronic sparkleballs which are all set to light up on Dr Pepper time! They come on automatically at 10, 2, and 4 for some desktop dazzle. That would make any work day move faster :)
Rob Stephens (aka Sparkleball Jones) supercharges his sparkleballs with electronic whizbangery. Each RGB LED light is programed individually, using a micro-controller for coded sequencing. The result turns a basic sparkleball into a minilight aurora borealis. At Maker Faire (Bay Area) this past weekend, Rob had thousands of visitors to his booth who were wowed by the light show. Below, check out Sparkleball Jones videos and videos of other electronic sparkleballs from the past.