• 3M retroreflective sheeting lights up the night in Singapore

    October 05, 2018

    3M retroreflective sheeting lights up the night in Singapore

    A ‘Dual Perspective’ light installation that heightened interactivity with visitors using the smartphone flash

    3M retroreflective sheeting lights up the night in Singapore

    A ‘Dual Perspective’ light installation that heightened interactivity with visitors using the smartphone flash

    3M retroreflective sheeting lights up the night in Singapore

    A ‘Dual Perspective’ light installation that heightened interactivity with visitors using the smartphone flash


     

    Visitors to Singapore Night Festival 2018 were whisked beyond Earth’s atmosphere by Orbit, an out-of-this-world experience inspired by the solar system and the vast space beyond. The installation marked the second collaboration between 3M and LiteWerkz, a group of students and alumni from the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

    Resembling the solar system, the 300+ square meter installation featured a ‘sun’ light beam at its centre and eight ‘orbiting planets’. Each globe, measuring up to one meter in diameter, featured 3M’s retroreflective materials on its surface and in its prismatic ‘mineral core’, and LED lights that perform a mesmerizing display of patterns.

    Visitors interacted with the installation through flash photography. The flashlight source reflected off 3M’s retroreflective materials, triggering different aesthetic effects and reproducing an iridescent glow on and within the planets.

    Bringing design and light to life with 3M Science

    A key component of Orbit was 3M’s retroreflective materials, which utilize 3M’s microreplication technology, the science of retroreflection and the manipulation of light to produce different effects. Playing on this scientific phenomenon, LiteWerkz pushed the limits of creativity by adapting a material rarely used in art and light installations.

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