Water and electricity don't mix, at least not where safety's concerned. But artist Antonin Fourneau, while in residence with the French R&D and prototyping collective DigitalArti, devised a safe and spectacular way that even children could safely activate LED lights with water.
Fourneau's proprietary hack, called "Water Light Graffiti," is a traveling installation that will next touch down at the Grohe showroom during New York Design Week. It consists of a grid of thousands of LED bulbs that light up as soon as water hits them. "You can use a paintbrush, a water atomizer, your fingers or anything damp to sketch a brightness message or just to draw," DigitalArti explains. "Water Light Graffiti is a wall for ephemeral messages in the urban space... A wall to communicate and share magically in the city."