Vivid x CREATE: round two!

UNSW’s student-led group CREATE lights up Vivid with a Mondrian Cube

Visitors can change the illuminated colours by touching a panel. Photo by Maja Baska

“We knew it was a hard act to follow” said UNSW's CREATE President and third year Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering student Alexander Yellachich. “Everyone loved the Robotic Pacman display our team created for Vivid last year. Designing a display that would wow this year’s spectator was an ambitious task.”

CREATE took inspiration from Piet Mondrian and the De Stijl art movement. For those of us who aren’t educated in art history, the team designed a colourful interactive Mondrian Cube. 

Alexander said “This project fits in well with CREATE’s trademark.” The group is known for taking classical concepts and reviving them into modern day equivalents - aka 2015’s giant robotic revival of the classic arcade game, Pacman.

The modern Mondrian Cube stands over two metres tall and is lit up with interactive panels.

“Visitors can change the illuminated colours by touching a panel” says Alexander.  To make them change colour, piezoelectric sensors are used to control over 250 meters of LED strip routed with 600 meters of electrical cable. Each meter of LED strip has 30 individually addressable LEDs, bringing the total number to an impressive 7,500 lights!

This begs the question, how many engineers does it take to change a light bulb?

The project was led by UNSW Engineers Chris Ho (Civil/Architecture), Yunzhen Zhang (Electrical), Scott Fraser (Mechatronics), Daniel Castillo (Mechatronics), Laura González Llamazares (Aerospace Engineering) and Jessica Tanzil (Industrial Designs)  and backed by 15 CREATE project volunteers. And I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s an impressive display, especially considering that the team designed and built the cube from scratch around a busy schedule of Engineering lectures, theses, exams and assignments!

Alexander says that while learning theory is important, the development of skills through practical experience is what really builds a strong engineer.

Visiting Vivid? Share a photo on Facebook or Instagram of the Mondrian Cube with #UNSWEngineering. It's located at First Fleet Park.

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  • Photo by Maja Baska
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