Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

with Dieter Dietz, ALICE EPFL
Prof. Dr. Marc Pauly, Romain Testuz, Dr. Yuliy Schwartzburg, LGG EPFL

sol.id is an installation for the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) that uses new computational technology to create mirror-like metal plates that direct caustic light reflections to form recognizable images.

Situated on the esplanade underneath the Rolex Learning Center, the installation reveals new qualities of light with the arc of the sun – qualities that are captured in the portraits of four figures who made important contributions to several fields studied at EPFL. The project was collaboration between two EPFL laboratories: ALICE (Atelier de la conception de l’space), and the Geometric Computing Laboratory.

ALICE was responsible for the conception and design of the project, from the articulation of a theme for the installation, to the identification of a site on the EPFL campus, and the design of the physical objects that comprise the installation. A discussion of the computational work behind the installation and the movement of its projected images over the course of the day can be found here. Additional photos by Joël Tettamanti can be found on the ALICE project site.