Designers have been looking to nature for inspiration before the word “designer” even existed. But how to best capture the enigmatic essence of life without just creating an animatronic is the question that needs to be answered. Drift does just that with Flylight.

With a name as literal and at the same time evocative, it is not difficult to fall in love with Flylight. The light installation consists of more than 180 tubular halogen bulbs hung in a swirling mass. The lights dim and glow in patterns that mimic a huge flock of birds migrating south for the winter. While the movements of birds seem to be without rhyme or reason, Flylight interacts with the people in its surroundings.  Ultrasonic sensors pick up on movement and cause the lights to “move” in unforeseeable patterns.  Each light is controlled individually, but they don’t react in a programed pattern, but rather spontaneously as birds in flight do. This results in the flock either attacking or trying to escape from the people who approach.  Flylight doesn’t just fit the bill of a light installation though, the warm glow of the halogen bulbs bring an organic luminance to the spaces they contain.

Flylight is being customized for private homes and public spaces all over the world, so hopefully there will soon be a flight to a space near you.