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A giant interactive street light shines on London Design Festival

Industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson has created an intriguing 4.5 metre tall street light made of 1,500 glass crystal lenses as part of the upcoming London Design Festival. The opulently named "Ommatidium" (the name apparently comes from the individual units...

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Illuminating East London installation is set to be the first information hub of a new social network...

Nowadays there are CCTV cameras on every street in our towns and cities, so the feeling of being watched is now pretty much standard wherever we go. Visitors to the Shoreditch Design Triangle during London Design Festival may feel that scrutinised sensation more acutely than normal however, if they pass by the eerily beautiful Ommatidium on Old Street...

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Samuel Wilkinson Ommatidium

Ommatidium is a new public installation for Hoxton and Shoreditch. It is the result of a collaboration between Lab of Misfits and designer Samuel Wilkinson in partnership with new 'immersive messaging' app Traces, celebrating the digital tech of London by occupying the space between physical and digital...

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Over the rainbow: a multi-purpose digital streetlamp launches for LDF

A shining beacon of connectivity rises in Shoreditch Design Triangle today, and it comes bearing rainbows. Arriving near the end of London Design Festival, The Ommatidium, created by designer Samuel Wilkinson and neuroscience professor Beau Lotto, is a multi-purpose landmark, acting as a sculpture, street lamp, community notice board and refractor of light, which beams down rainbows from its 1500 hand-made crystal prisms...

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The Daft and Delightful Ommatidium

Head to 243 Old Street in London from September 25th, and you'll see something beautiful and eye-boggling with an unhelpfully abstract name: the Ommatidium. It's 4.5 metres of street light topped by an insectoid parasol of 1,500 crystal lenses. During the day, these lenses will turn sunlight into refracted rainbows. By night, LEDs will provide illumination. The installation comes courtesy of the London Design Festival—but, this being Old Street (aka "Silicon Roundabout"), it's as much digital craft as engineering that's on show...

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Light Up Old Street

Scrawling graffiti on a piece of street furniture is usually seen as a public offence. But in this case designer Samuel Wilkinson and neuroscientist Beau Lotto want you to do exactly that...

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London Design Festival preview

A canopy of 1,500 glass crystal lenses, the Ommatidium is a collaboration between designer Samuel Wilkinson and neuroscientist and perception specialist Beau Lotto. A long-term new site-specific sculptural icon for Hoxton it will make rainbows on the road. What's not to love?...

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A sculpture made from 1,500 glass crystals is coming to Old Street

Shoreditch is about to get a whole lot more sparkly thanks to a new permanent installation made from 1,500 glass crystal prisms called The Ommatidium. The 4.5 metre-tall sculpture will be hard to miss as the prisms react with daylight to project thousands of rainbow patterns onto the pavement, and by night it will be lit by bright LED lights...

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The Ommatidium – a 4.5m interactive street lamp coming to London

Samuel Wilkinson's Ommatidium is connected to the Traces app and will hit the streets of the capital for the London Design Festival...

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