The Art of Darkness

Ojo Señor!

September 3rd, 2012 by Cobwebs

Eye Street ArtI have no idea what the point of this is, but it’s rather wonderful.

Ojo Señor! is a street-art collective in Barcelona who adds glowing LED eyes to pictures–mostly those freaky kids from Village of the Damned, but more recently Edgar Allen Poe and a bunch of cats–and then post them on the street. And then they put pictures of the results on their Tumblr site. This is all silliness of which I heartily approve.

There’s no reason why we couldn’t play along at home. LEDs are dirt cheap, and there’s not even any wiring required: You can just tape the leads to a battery. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has a super-simple tutorial for using LEDs as flicker lights inside Jack-o’-lanterns, and the same method could be used to wire up your LED eyes. (Incidentally, EMSL also sells a range of LEDs.)

Then it’s simply a matter of sticking the LEDs through holes cut in the eyes of a photo and taping them in place; you might want to print the photo on heavy paper or mount it on cardboard so the weight of the batteries doesn’t make it sag. Post anonymously on telephone poles or leave in the office breakroom with a stern note about making a new pot of coffee if you take the last cup.

Fun! Easy! Mildly subversive!

(Hat tip to Sisifo)

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