Star of Shamash
A Jim-dandy! art project for Burning Man 2014, CaravAnat sary!2014 was my 8th year attending Burning Man and I intended to participate by bringing art to the playa. [click here to go to my art installation participation questionnaire responses.] The theme for Burning Man 2014 was Caravansary. 2014 was Anat’s 20th anniversary of attending Burning Man. Put the two together and you get CaravAnat sary! [Who is Anat? Click here.] Anat is the leader of our theme camp and we call her the “Queen of Burning Man!” Anat’s last name is Shamash, and back in the time and region of Mesopotamia, Shamash was also the name of the Babylonian sun god. The symbol for this sun god was the Star of Shamash. Many caravans travelling along the Silk Route near the Babylonian region of Mesopotamia may have encountered the Star of Shamash. In honor of Anat’s 20th anniversary and the 2014 Burning man theme, CaravAnat sary, I am building an 8 foot diameter, 4 1/8 inch thick, wooden star structure. This Star of Shamash will be a night time beacon of colorful light attracting burners to this Babylonian sun god, Shamash, for night-time sun worshipping. I intend to light it up with RGB LED light modules, but only on the inside walls of the cut-out shapes and the outer rim, in a similar manner to the way the 2013 Idaho Core art project "Marvin" was lit up [click here for a video of Marvin]. To better reflect the LED light, I'll paint the inside walls with white paint. See the bottom of this page for my plan for the LED lights. I made a 3D model of my Star of Shamash in a virtual world creation software, Sim-on-a-stick (a local version of Open Sim) and took snapshots of it to portray my idea in images shown below. I have decided NOT to burn it at the end of the event because I want everyone to be able to enjoy it at Anat's Love Camp year after year! [click here to go to my construction progress page.]
To see a video of the 3D structure click this link to download my Star_of_Shamash.wmv video (29 MB)
(If you have any problems viewing it, you might have to do a "save target as" to save it to your computer, then play it, IDK).
|My plan is to use Nicolaudie’s Easy Stand Alone 2 and/or Easy Stand Alone Pro software to create lighting sequences (light shows) to creatively light up the star with LED lights. This software works with Nicolaudie’s Easy Stand Alone SLESA-UE7 USB to DMX Interface/DMX Controller (left) to store and play the light sequences (without a computer). The DMX output will be connected to HolidayCoro’s #614 EasyPix DMX to SPI Decoder (upper right) which will power and control the LED lights (right). I'll be using 169 of HolidayCoro’s #656 Smart/Pixel Rectangle RGB LED Waterproof Modules (WS2811, 12v, 3 wire, 3 RGB LED’s per module). Each of the 169 LED modules will be controlled independently. Everything will be powered by a 12 volt battery charged by a battery charge controller and a solar panel. My Star of Shamash wiring schematic and wiring diagram are below.|
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