Wash Your Hands 2015

Interactive Sculpture

Wood, Resin, Arduino, Sensor, Light, Sound

*Special Thanks to Robert Drinkwater
for coding and guidance for sound components.

Viewers washing their hands with light

Wash Your Hands is an interactive fountain without the actual water.

When viewers put their hands under the faucet, viewers begin to hear the sound of the water flow and feel the white light lingering on their palm. However, the water which is the original source of the sensation, is absent.

It creates an unusual and whimsical moment by suggesting an absence of one sense. Mixing and reconfiguring the senses allows reappraising one’s sensory experiences.

Q. Can I wash my hands with lights?

Wash Your Hands project started from a small light in the corner of a classroom that had a sacred atmosphere. Its warm light and serenity encouraged me to put my palms under the lights. I wanted to capture the ambience and the experience of the site into a sculpture.

Video sketch of washing hands with light

1. Idea Sketches

Idea sketch for experience and cross section sketch

2. Final Installation