Animated LED Angel Wings
Made From Recycled Water Bottles
'Alas Iluminosas' (Illuminous Angel Wings) is an animated LED Angel Wings sculpture that uses color changing LED pixels inside of 300 recycled water bottles. The wing span is 10 ft wide using different types of recycled plastic water bottles to create the look of feathers. Each bottle has a color changing LED pixel that can be discreetly controlled to create dynamic patterns across the feathers and wings.
We came up with the idea when we saw all these empty water bottles left over from my son's soccer game. We decided to create a new display using these bottles for our Christmas light show that allows people to stop and take a photo while reminding everyone to be conscious of recycling.
The light patterns that illuminate each bottle can be controlled in different ways such as projecting across the entire wing span or only on certain areas like the edges of the wings or internally. Each bottle was rotocast with a thin white resin (Smooth-On Smooth-Cast 326 to diffuse the light evenly throughout the bottle.