This year, TIMARA professor Lyn Goeringer built an installation that was included in the Cleveland IngenuityFest. In her own words, “the project incorporates 3 large sculptures of trees that have a single fluorescent light on each tree that I use have ‘tuned’ to make three different pitches. These pitches are then sent into custom built cymetic sound basins, which causes the water to vibrate and illustrate the frequency spectrum of the pitches the lights are making. The sound itself comes from the lightbulb itself, not from the light spectrum it emits. 

In addition to the three large tree sculptures, there are six smaller sculptures that are primarily aesthetic. They were placed in the connector hallway, to extend the forest from the primary atrium room within the connector hallway at the Great Lakes Science Center to the STEM school. In addition to the sculptures, four bells were being rung using an automated system that was driven by Arduino micro controllers. These bells took advantage of the highly resonant space of the hallway. In addition to the bells, the hallway featured the hum of two of the smaller fluorescent lights, which were not tuned and represented the default sound signature of a standard fluorescent bulb.” 

For this project, Lyn worked with a large team of Oberlin students and Alumni, including: 
Will Johnson (Apprentice) 
John Burnett (Apprentice) 
Regina Larre Campuzano (Intern) 
Cynthia Taylor (programmer) 
Charlie Spears (Installer) 
Elise Moltz (build team) 
Judith Jackson (build team) 
Yu Zheng (build team) 

The project was sponsored by Oberlin College and Ingenuity Fest. – GJ