Phil Spitler | Creative Technology Artist


Luminous Waveforms, a collaboration between Phil Spitler and Victoria Heilweil, is an innovative and imaginative interpretation of seating.  Comprised of parametrically designed, sculpted benches, the artwork transforms the mundane experience of sitting into an uplifting and creative experience.  The organic curves are inspired by nature and sound waves, sliced into a repeating rhythm. The fluid elegance of the forms and gradual color shifts from the interior LED illumination transform the physical experience of the seating. The artwork is form and function, social as well as aesthetic.  As both a utilitarian object and a light-enhanced sculpture, it creates a place for rest, conversation and contemplation.

Luminous Waveforms is designed in 3D modeling software and then sliced into 2D planes. Each plane is then CNC cut out of 3/4 inch sheets and physically re-assembled back into its three dimensional form.  The face of each slice provides a solid canvas for the intelligent LED lighting to cast upon.  The lighting patterns are custom coded and site specific to create the mood of the piece, and engage participants with movement and color.

Luminous Waveforms have been exhibited at:

Festival of Immersive Arts (Oakland)

City of Los Altos (Permanent collection)

Wonderspaces (Permanent collection, San Diego)

The Autumn Lights Festival (Oakland)

Friends & Family (Saratoga Springs)

Burning Man (Black Rock Desert)

The Midway (San Francisco)

Space 151 (San Francisco)

DZINE Gallery (San Francisco)