'Astrocyte' is a living piece of architecture that could easily be mistaken for a piece of science fiction. Engaging with the senses for an immersive experience, artist and architect Philip Beesley’s aerial structure combines chemistry, artificial intelligence, and a responsive soundscape. ‘Astrocyte’, translates from Greek to the literal meaning of star and cell, appropriate for such a complex structure that can react with the viewers' movements with patterns of light, vibrations and surround sound. Toronto’s Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology last October featured Astrocyte as a living installation not dissimilar to a system of nerves and the signals passing through whilst the glasswork holding a combination of oils, chemicals and other solutions forms a similar structure of an organic skin. The complex Astrocyte is comprised of 300,000 components that combines mylar fronds, therapy-formed acrylic, 3D printed lights, custom glasswork, and sensors.
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