Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau

Graffiti art on its own is an amazing, albeit misunderstood art practice, but what happens when you swap concrete walls for LED lights and spray cans with a water gun? You get Water Light Graffiti! Created by Antonin Fourneau as part of his artist residency with Digitalarti Artlab, Water Light Graffiti is a wall of LED lights that is triggered to turn on selected lights, when they come into contact with water. It is fun for all ages! Months of testing went into making sure the LED lights turned on once in contact with water, but clearly all that work paid off.

Electronics and water are not often paired together, but because water is conductive, it reacts with specifically placed metal contacts on the circuit board of lights, decreasing resistance and allowing a current to flow. Christopher J. Woodall created his own version of this water-activated circuit, and with plenty of info-graphics and instructions, provides enough information for you to make your own!

-Anna Paluch

Prior Art


Prior Art discussed in “Comparative Critiques”

Alisa Andrasek, Robotic Braiding (2013)

Philip Beesley: Hylozoic Ground (2009)

David Bowen: Underwater (2012)

Bompas + Parr:  The Flavour Conductor (2014)

Bristol Interaction and Graphics (BIG): UltraHaptics (2013)

CLRLSS (Yale SOA): Kinetic Membranes (2014)

Jonathan Fernandes: Hanging Liminality (2012)

Antonio Fourneau +  Digitalarti Artlab: Water Light Graffiti (2102)

Future CitiesLab: Light Swarm (2014)

Usman Haque: Assemblance (2014)

Simon Heijdens: Shade Greenwhich (2014)

Iogolo: Fumo Interactive Ashtray (2014)

Theo Jansen: Strandbeests (1990–present)

Luke Jerram: The Acoustic Wind Pavilion (2012)

George Kut: Pillowsongs (1997)

James Leng:  Point Cloud (2012)
Point Cloud

Daniel Leithinger, et. al.: inForm (2013)

Golan Levin, Chris Sugrue, and Kyle McDonald: Augmented Hand Series (2014)

Rungu Lin, Mei Zhang, Zhenghao Lin, Yuan Jin (tutors: Wendy Fok, Michael Fox, Alvin Huang): Mechanical Garden (2012)

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Tape Recorders (2011)

Chris Milk: The Treachery of Sanctuary (2012)

Takuma Nakazi (  Bloom Skin (for Issey Miyake, 2013)

Jean Nouvel: Instut Du Monde Arabe (1987)

rAndom International: Rain Room (2012)

Daniel Rozin: Weave Mirror (2007)

Joachim Sauter: Kinetic Sculpture BMW (2008)

Scandinavian Design Group, Breaking the Surface (2014)

TekTao: Interactive Visual Performance (2014)

Thibault Sld: Hexi (2014)

Lesia Trubat:  Electronic Traces (2014)

Filipe Vilas-Boas: Shooting Thoughts (2014)

Anouk Wipprecht: Spider Dress (2014)
 Spider Dress

Meejin Yoon: Windsceen (2011)