text to wall

text messages, scribbled on a wall by a drawing machine.

developed for a customer who offers a service of receiving and sending text messages over the internet, this drawing machine writes short messages onto a wall.

the “printing head” is suspended from two wires – its position is controlled by motors that turn a coil to shorten and lengthen the wire.  Each sender is represented by a different font, and text is warped along spaghetti-like shapes to achieve a good distribution on the wall avoiding line breaks. The resulting ball of text gives a very interesting mix of texture in the middle, with more legible extensions into the outer regions of the drawing region. Flourescent “black light ink” was used so that the visibility of the writing could be easily “turned off” as requested by the client.


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