Gallery: Bamboo Trees Light up the Night With Luminous LED Leaves

Who says trees don't know how to party? These complex bamboo sculptures feature a network of nightclub-ready glowing LED leaves. Programmed to light up in a variety of patterns and colors, the "trees" will be features in the upcoming Lighting In a Bottle Festival in Silverado, California. Electronics engineer Bill Watson will bring his creations from Burning Man around the Bay Area and beyond. Read on to learn more about the structure of trees that love a good dancin'.

Each of the LED-lit leaves is made of laser-etched plexiglass and mounted onto an artistically assembled shaft of bamboo. Each leaf contains a collection of red, green, blue, and white LEDs mounted on controller boards – the light levels, colors and pattern speed is adjusted with a computer. Originally conceived by Watson and artist Tina Sedonne, the trees are the product of a small army of labor. It’s very exciting to see what folks are doing with LEDs these days — now if they could do a combined installation with Solar Ivy, that would be leaf-tastic.

+ Bill Watson


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  1. ptibrewal May 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    wow..this project looks amazing..the details on the leaves is also fabulous..

  2. 19Bov1pa September 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

    hi there i would like someone to help me with my art project i am in 5 year.I have chosen lighting based on trees.dose anyone have any ideas for my project desighn in art?thank you

  3. server ebook April 28, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Way cool, some good points! I appreciate you making this article online, the rest of the site is also well done. Have a great day.

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