Interestingly, as a little detail I should mention that if you remember the patterns in the box had silver all-caps labels in Helvetica in the lower-right hand corners. So the clown would have text in the bottom reading "CLOWN". The rooster had "ROOSTER", etc. Must have been to help the kids figure out what the pattern was supposed to be before they committed to filling it in with pegs.
This piece has a label too. I got large size Helvetica stamps from Michaels and used silver ink to stamp on the black paper in the corner "THE KING". It was a tip of the hat to the original toy designs.
Actually Denver artist Lori Kanary is the first Lite-brite artist with Giant Lite-Brite. She made two Guinness Record setting Lite-Brites, one all the way back in 1999 and smaller ones years before that. All material, including the sheet metal pattern, lighting and encasement on the net is due to her putting it out there for people to use. Beekman got his info from her, try researching more on art next time.
Never really made any claims that this was the largest, nor the first. I became aware of Lori's work after I created this. I thought it was funny that there were other freaks out there like me that had dreamt up such a strange thing.
Odd that your tone should be so protective of Lori's intellectual capital and/or reputation as the definitive Lite-Brite artist. It's not really a complicated concept, so I think it's quite possible for there to be parallel development of this idea. You clearly take this more seriously than I do.
Frankly, I actually think the most "artistic" use of this material has been done by a guy named Steve Defrank. He hand-tints the pegs and does the entire composition by eye and on the fly without pre-planning (my trick uses Photoshop to dither a photo to the lite-brite palette).
No, they are standard lite-brite pegs. It would be interesting to work with LEDs. The pegs are kind of a headache to procure en masse, and some change color over time I've discovered. Kind of frustrating... I never suspected they would not be light-fast. But then again, it's just a kids toy...
Hey thanks... if you look up "Elvis lite-brite" on Flickr, there a few more shots. Also, a few months ago a guy in Pennsylvania did a huge "Last Supper" in lite brite. Pretty impressive and worth checking out... Oh, and I almost forgot, the real "lite brite artist" I found is a guy named Steve DeFrank, there's a couple of good videos about his process on YouTube. Of course, I discovered all this stuff after making the King. I was surprised that others had gotten the same inspiration... funny.
Oh yes... I've had a dream to make what I call the 'Church of the 20th Century'. Which would be these things as "stained glass windows" to enshrine people like Elvis who have so quickly become more myth than man -- almost in the way that Catholics canonize their saints (I guess without the miracles, unless you count the comeback special as a minor miracle). So I've a long list of those type of people... it's just a question of putting in all those little pegs, and the costs to make them. I can only afford to make more if I sell the ones I make... so there goes the collection! Fun idea, though...
My idea for making a huge lite-brite of Elvis? Well, I was doing lite-brite with my daughter and I realized that the principle was similar to black velvet painting. You start with a completely black canvas (the paper covering the light and the perforated peg matrix), and then as you add pegs you add bright color to the canvas.
So once I thought black velvet painting, I had to think ELVIS! Then I figured out I could use Photoshop to dither a photo to the "lite-brite palette" and thus create a map for myself and make a *photographic* lite brite. After that it just required the will (and stupidity) to actually build it and put in all those pegs.
It's one of the more ambitious things I've done, and in person, it really is amazing to see, I think.