Grand Idea Studio

Lichtenberg Lightning Frame


The Lichtenberg Lightning Frame is a fusion of industrial art, scientific experimentation, and visual effects. The frame measures 12 inches on each side. It is 1/2 inch thick solid aluminum with a bead-blasted front for a dull, textured finish. Two eyelets are threaded into the top of the frame for optional hanging with a chain.

The pièce de résistance is a 1/2 inch thick acrylic block displaying a Lichtenberg figure, which appears as a lightning strike frozen in time. Such formations were generated artificially for the first time by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg in the eighteenth century.

The block is illuminated by a multi-colored LED. The control circuitry, inserted into a hollow section routed in the back of the frame, is powered by a Microchip PIC12C508 and cycles through each of the seven colors (white, aqua, purple, blue, yellow, green, and red) in one minute intervals.


This piece is one-of-a-kind and not for sale.


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