The EXPO story is over. Last night in the pavilion. Finally, we were able to make our PET(ch)airs independent and switch them on without being plugged in. Eight shining chairs were put in front of the pavilion and through a private wifi called WHITE we could change their colours. We also tried to make them float in the basin. They would not sink at all, they swam while changing colours. On the 22nd of October our van vent through CARGO 5 and took all the 14 PET(ch)airs home. Why only 14 out of 17? The three of them are going for a trip. They were loaned to a famous photographer, Rossano b. Maniscalchi, who intends to make an exhibition of his photos inside of the bottles. The exhibition is to travel around the world, so you might be able to see the photos as messages in the bottles-PET(b)ricks in China or in Prague, finally.
The next step of the PET(ch)air evolution is going out to the external space: the terrace, patio, the garden. The idea is that they will gain freedom of electricity net by using solar panels to load their tiny batteries, which can handle up to 3hour lighting. It could be done by a simple timer inside of the cube, but we wanted the visitors to play around with them and also to have control over the the cubes from a remote place, so we used wifi access point in order to switch them on and off e.g. from Prague. Now the installations is running in its initial state, the wifi access point in the pavilion could not be properly installed on the roof, but this experiment proved applicability of the concept, together that it was really installed and working one evening in the pavilion. We changed 9 cubes into independent solar rechargeable objects, while preserving their initial functionality. So now two types of lights are positioned inside: IKEA ready made lights with electricity plug and led light stripes with solar panels and remote control.
In the first step of installation we implemented all the electronics inside of one of the bricks an put solar panels into the top layer. The panels are placed vertically, which is not optimal, but that can still catch enough light in order to shine for several hours at night.
Today, we received new photos from the EXPO and two beautiful messages!
First was from Mrs Rusnakova, who says: „the benches work and shine, no problem!“
The second message was from Jindra, the photographer: „The visitors like the project, they think there is a great potential and they want to buy it.“