Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly..

Powerful and inspiring words.. they’re almost magical to me; just like the butterfly itself. With this installation, I wanted to create a magical, mesmerizing world of butterflies.. butterflies that play with me. Butterflies that’ll play with you.

The setup uses Max/MSP for processing camera input, which talks to an Arduino that controls the butterflies and also to a Processing sketch that generates the projected sprites


And here’s the butterfly mechanism:

August 2017 update: The butterflies were installed at KinderCare, Branchburg NJ to have kids play with them. They were the most challenging as well as the best audience yet. Energetic and extremely curious, they wanted to keep playing and at the same time, keep asking questions..

Read more about the design and construction of the butterflies here..