⪻ ☼ Spinal Enlightenment ☼ ⪼
Spinal Enlightenment is a lamp composed of a small, engraved, wooden base, with it's wiring and controls located inside, and a replica of the human spine and pelvic bone. A string in NeoPixels is placed along the inside of the spine, allowing light to peak though the vertebrae and illuminate the immediate area. The spine itself is flexible. Through the use of the controls in the base, the lights in the spine can be turned into 1 of 8 color modes (HackBerry Pink, Candlelight Yellow, Verdant Green, Teal, Sapphire, Pearl Pink, Royal Purple, and Rainbow).
The creation process was tumultuous. The original design was far different than the end design. I began with the design of having the shade for the lamp being an anatomically correct model of the human brain, with the lights inside of the shade being able to shift through a selection of 4 modes (4 colors separated according to the 4 primary lobes of the brain, the 2 hemispheres of the brain, 1 individual color, and a rainbow mode). During the foamcore prototype, an issue with balance in the design was brought to light, with it being incredibly front heavy. This, in addition to an issue with the creation of the shade itself, caused a drastic pivot in aesthetic and functional design. The new design is an anatomically correct human spine, which is far more streamlined and well balanced. The functional design also shifted to shrink in breadth, with the design being restricted to a set of 7 single color shades, with the final mode being a rainbow strobe effect.