The Pool


The Pool Brochure


About The Pool

The Pool: Clip

SparkFun Feature

Spark Fun Sneak Peak  



Black Rocks Art Foundation

Burning Man Art Grant 2008



2014 Solo Exhibtion: Coventry

2014 Signal Festival: Prague

2014 Art of Colombo: Lisbon

2014 Burning Man Honorarium: Black Rock City

2014 AHA! Light Up Cleveland

2014 Vivid Light: Sydney

2014 iLight Marina Bay: Singapore

2013 Artsfest: Conway, Arkansas

2013 Chalk The Block: El Paso, Texas

2013 Denver Art Biennale

2013 Escape From Wonderland

2013 Electric Daisy Festival: Orlando

2013 Electric Daisy Festival: NYC

2013 Electric Daisy Festival: Chicago

2013 Electric Daisy Festival: Vegas

2013 Its Electric: Solo Exhibition by Jen Lewin , CU Art Museum

2013 SXSW Republic Park

2011  Electric Daisy Carnival  TX

2011  Electric Daisy Carnival  NV

2011  Last Ocean Coalition CO

2010  Montreal Balloon Festival, Canada

2010  Electric Daisy Carnival TX

2010  Electric Daisy Carnival CO

2009  Burning Man  NV

2008  Honorarium Artist Burning Man,  NV


Huffington Post “An Exclusive First Look At The Other-Worldly Art Of Burning Man 2014”

The Chive “A vivid display of lights is taking over Sydney”

Straits Times “Marina Bay to come aglow with light festival from this Friday”

LA Times Pictures In The News

NBC News “Sustainable Art Glows Bright in Singapore”

BBC News Magazine “Jen Lewin: Artist dazzles with light-and-sound installations”

Smithsonian Magazine “Dive Into Jen Lewin’s Interactive Light Pool”

PSFK “Light Cushion Installation Comes Alive with Human Feet”

The Creators Project “Create Rippling Patterns Of Light With These Interactive Circles”

International Magazine of Space Design | Bob |

The Denver Post “Best of 2013: Denver’s 13 best cultural moments of the year”

Boulder Weekly “Art in a Digital World: How Jen Lewin Uses Technology to Inspire Connectivity”

Daily Camera “People power Boulder artist’s interactive exhibit ‘It’s Electric’ “SXSW’s Maker Takeover Flashes, Then Fizzles”

Sparkfun “Let your Geek Shine”


2014,  The Super Pool, Honorarium Artist and featured exhibit, Burning Man

2008,  The Pool, Honorarium Artist and featured exhibit, Burning Man

Follow on Facebook


Jen Lewin Studio    |     Bill Magnuson    |   Dan Julio Designs

Grant support by The Black Rock Arts Foundation  and Burning Man 

The Pool Brochure

POOL -verb = combine, amalgamate, blend, join forces, league, merge, put together, share  (Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus -)

The Pool is an environment of giant, concentric circles created from interactive circular pads. By entering the pool, you enter a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects of light and color. Imagine a giant canvas where you can paint and splash light collaboratively.

The pool is composed of over 100 interactive circular platforms placed in giant concentric circles.  This arrangement can be as small as 37 feet x 37 feet (when compressed) or as large as 75 feet x 75 feet (when expanded.)  Each pad is independent and simultaneously interacts and listens to its environment based on user feedback.  Together, the pads create complex, surprising, and unpredictable color arrays with their user participants.

Like a giant game of light “ping pong,” the pool will have users running and jumping, adding, bouncing, and mixing light together


The Pool is composed of over 100 interactive independent, yet networkable platforms consisting of custom LEDS, controllers, drivers and software were all created by Jen Lewin Studio and Dan Julio Designs.

To make The Pool “work” you must engage actively within the sculpture by stepping, running, jumping or even riding across the pads. The Pool is inherently interactive and creates its own form of community within the sculpture itself.

User inputs such as foot pressure, and speed are sensed by the pad surface. Those values determine the interaction between the pads and the users by adding and subtracting light. To experience The Pool’s full color capacity, users also will need to engage with other participants.

The interaction varies dramatically depending on the number of individuals involved.  This dynamic interaction between individuals and The Pool creates environments ranging from curious and playful with few participants to energetic and competitive with many participants.

The Pool also includes simple private software that can be used by the site to make adjustments and tune the sculpture as needed. For permanent installations, Jen Lewin Studio can work with the site to create interactive applications to allow site users to adjust and play with parameters and settings in The Pool.

A Brief Technical Synopsis

The Pool is composed of 100-120 pads. Each pad is 3 feet in diameter and 6 inches tall. In plan, The Pool can span anywhere between a 37-foot square (at a compressed scale) to a 75-foot square (at an expanded scale).

Each pad in The Pool is composed of a custom microcontroller, a wireless Xbee radio, a sensor array, 180 pixel controlled RGB LEDs with full color mixing and fading control. Each Pad is created from an extremely durable, formed polypropylene shell, created for outdoor use. The Pads are made for aggressive interaction and public use. Each Pad is also waterproof and can be placed outdoors in virtually any type of environment and on virtually any type of surface (even within very shallow water).

The Pool runs off of three normal 110V AC household outlets and takes 4-6 hours total to setup.   Because the pool is a light installation it is only illuminated is at night. The Pool is water, snow and weatherproof. It can be placed indoors or outdoors on almost any type of surface. When placed outdoors there are several methods for securing the Pool to the ground. For a permanent installation we will work with your team to design a floor surface with embedded power and data to easily install and maintain The Pool.

The Pool Brochure