Strange Lenses distort the faces of pedestrians. The lenses facilitate interactions that make strangers into friends and reduce the anonymous nature of urban environments. It was recently awarded a civic grant to be developed into a two-year public art installation on the streets of San Francisco.
Our Funky Lenses
Many Eyes Lens
Big Chin Lens
Tiny Head Lens
Balloon Head Lens
Square Head Lens
Big Eyes Lens
Balloon Head Lens II
Mouth as Eyes Lens
2018 - (Ongoing) • Maryland Science Center • Baltimore Maryland
October 2016 – 2018 • (Semi-permanent display mounted to sidewalk) Market Street Prototyping Festival • San Francisco
August 20, 2016 • Southern Exposure / 20th Street Block Party • San Francisco
Nov 12 – 15 2015 • Pier 9 Artist in Residence Exhibition • San Francisco
Aug 21 – Nov 29 2015 • Prototyping: Place • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Jun 14 2015 • Sunday Streets • San Francisco
May 23 – 26 2015 • Global Cre8 Summit • Shenzhen, China
May 20 – 21 2015 • Pier 9 Artist in Residence Open Studios • San Francisco
Apr 9 – Apr 11 2015 • Market Street Prototyping Festival • San Francisco
Creative Applications • 3D printed lenses that distort views of faces
3DPrint.com • These 3D Printed Fun House Lenses Will Distort Your Face & Shock Your Friends
Visual News • 3D Printed Fun House Lenses Make Life a Little Funnier
With digital fabrication technology, it’s easier to design and manufacture lenses than ever before. We developed a fabrication process makes it easy to prototype optical designs.
Read our Instructable for a more in-depth look at our process.
It’s not always easy to predict how a given lens will distort an image. To make prototyping easier, we employed ray-tracing software to see how our lenses might distort once fabricated.
Our process uses Autodesk T-Splines to create lens geometry, and visualized its effects using Rhinocerous3D and the Neon raytracing renderer. With this technique, we were able to create lenses that achieve a desired effect.
Initially, we used the Objet 3D printers at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop to manufacture the lenses. They were printed with VeroClear resin to achieve transparency. All of the new lenses are milled out of acrylic plastic on a 3-axis CNC router. We are exploring casting lenses in elastic silicone rubber.
After printing or milling, all of the lenses were sanded and polished to optical clarity during a 10-hour manual process.