Conceptual Design

Serial Etching by the Sun

As children, on summer days, we would often have fun burning paper or a piece of wood by concentrating the sun’s rays through a magnifying glass.The result was always a kind of magic – a tiny person who is able to capture and use the big, distant sun at his will. Today, one of the most accessible tools for a designer is the cuttingf material by concentrating a computerized laser beam. This tool enables serial production by repeatedly running the same file. But can solar rays also work as a production line, resulting in a set of serial items?

Using adjustable and rotating devices, the sun’s rays are simultaneously concentrated, each directed at a different piece of wood. The earth’s motion changes the relation between the glass and the sun, thus creating, without human intervention, movement which etches charred lines on wooden surfaces, recording the sun’s intensity.