The Pixel Wall is an interactive art installation now hanging in the MFA Interaction Design Studio at the School of Visual Art (SVA) in Manhattan. The installation is a grid of 322 "pixels" which can be activated to switch between binary positions - black/white, positive/negative. The analog nature of the pixels forces the user to interact with the wall, not with buttons and finger swipes (this isn't an iPhone!) but by manually flipping each pixel into new positions to create patterns or messages. The action of flipping the pixels also has an audible return. The pixels, made of 1/8" steel, 'ring' as each pixel drops into place.
David Bellona, an 2012 Interaction Design graduate from SVA, designed the concept for the project. Together, we re-engineered details and created a fabrication strategy for the wall panels. The pixels are made from laser cut 12ga steel, powder-coated, and assembled with standard pre-fabricated hardware. Each pixel is held in its 'negative' or vertical position with small magnet.
The project includes 322 pixels, 966 individual panels, 322 magnets, 644 u-bolts, and 2,576 1/4" nuts.