Dino Galaxy

Styracasaurus covered in Laser light
Pebbles the Styracasaurus at Night

When we put together Starfield Galaxy for Lucidity Festival 2014, I noticed that the Starfield lasers we used etched out the shape of a parked white SUV in the most interesting way. It looked as though it was made of nothing but slowly moving dots of green light. I thought I’d like to capitalize on this effect for the next Lucidity Festival. The theme was Kindred Quest: A Looking Back at Where We Come From. To me, that meant “Evolution” and the idea that we are related to every living thing on our planet. So why not make Dinosaurs – three big ones and cover them with lasers!

Architect Justin Harmon and I put our heads together to devise the best and quickest way to create them. We settled on oversized versions of the little, wooden dinosaurs we all constructed as kids; the kind that slots themselves together. Originally, I wanted to use leftover coroplast, a durable but thin type of plastic sheeting, but Justin assured me that they’d be too flimsy and proportionally wrong. Instead, we selected 2-inch thick, honeycomb cardboard.

Buidling Bambi the Brontosaurus
Assembling Bambi the Bronto – Photo by Jonathan PJ Smith

Under the steady hand of rigger Chris Berg, we suspended them by fishing line from three tall trees at the festival ground then aimed a box full of lasers at them, courtesy of Bruce Beeley of Lasersandlights.com. Wow! It was one of those projects that, when it gets stuck in your head, you have to make it just so you can see it.

Bambi the Bronosaurus hanging from the trees in daylight
Bambi the Bronto – Photo by Jonathan PJ Smith
Pebbles the Styracasaurus in daylight
Pebbles the Styracasaurus – Photo by Jonathan PJ Smith
Fluffikins the Allosaurus during the day
Fluffikins the Allosaurus – Photo by Jonathan PJ Smith
Fluffikins coverd in nighttime laser light at night
Fluffikins at night – Photo by Jonathan PJ Smith
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