Laser Lotus is a mechanical sculpture created by artist Nisha Ramnath and engineer Brian Gonzalez. The Laser Lotus takes inspiration from another reviving natural phenomena the lotus flower. The lotus can come alive again after laying dormant for a thousand years. Like the lotus flower, Laser Lotus becomes a transformational beacon floating on the water's surface. The sculpture itself is powered through human interaction, as audiences engage with the touch pads especially created for the installation, they cooperatively change the color of the lotus petals.
Throughout the evenings of Light City, the lotus petals will open to its full bloom and close into a tight bud. The volumetric effect of the laser lights used to fill each petals' structure create the transformative color scheme that acts as the conduit for community participation.
The inaugural Light City Baltimore features a 1.5 mile BGE Light Art Walk with 50 attractions from March 28-April 3, 2016.