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ICAT Playdate — Celestial Garden

November 4, 2022

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Celestial Garden is an interactive installation where participants engage with inflated teardrop forms in real-time.  Each nylon pendant is equipped with both sound and light that respond directly to the participants’ touch – creating a unique audiovisual soundscape.  Originally designed to be showcased at the ACCelerate festival 2022 at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  Installed in the dimly lit back end of Flag Hall, sixteen eight-foot teardrops forms hung from black metal trusses.  Visitors entered the installation from all sides and interacted with the forms by gently pushing the outer surface to create a swinging motion.  Each individual form reacts in real-time to the movements created by the participant:  Lights within each form change color and dance with each interaction while the speaker simultaneously delivers a ripping mixture layered sound.


  • Thomas Tucker
  • David Franusich
  • Tanner Upthegrove
  • Charlie Duff
  • Matt Swarts
  • Rodney Kimbangu
  • Tianyu Ge


  • November 4, 2022


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking & Donuts at Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Community Assembly and 360 Online

Virginia Tech faculty can receive Professional Development Network (PDN) credit for attending

  1. Register at 
  2. Check in with Phyllis Newbill during the event.

Location: Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC