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Let’s beat waste

Glow 2022: prototype development

Glow is an annual light festival that takes place in Eindhoven in November. For this year’s festival (2022) we have designed an interactive light installation in the shape of a heart. The name of the artwork is: Let’s beat waste. Several prototypes were developed and presented to the stakeholders. The project results will be transferred to the next team; they will focus on realizing the final installation.


The “Heart” of our installation represents the soul of the community of the city. The city’s veins (streets) are littered with garbage, and when this waste gets properly removed little by little, the heart can begin to beat faster and glow brighter. Every member of the community has a part to play in throwing away waste properly. As waste is properly disposed, more and more latches of the heart will slowly open up to reveal a beautifull light show.

Project description

An artwork for the Glow festival, to be exhibited in the public space, must fullfil the following requirements:

  • Interactive
  • Esthetically pleasing
  • Attractive for the audience
  • Compliant to the Theme of Glow
  • Robust for outdoor use
  • Safe
  • Transportable (to other light festivals – in the future)
  • Affordable (depending on funds and sponsorships)

We have designed several prototypes to explore which concepts should be integrated into the final installation. A few pictures of intermediate results, mechanical struture of the heart and bin design, are shown below.

Mechanical structure of the heart
Mechanical structure of the Heart (Let’s beat waste)
Garbage bin prototyping
Garbage bin prototyping (Let’s beat waste)

Project results

The goal of the project was to deliver a proof-of-concept and to present it to the stakeholders. They were very enthusiastic, and are looking forward to the final installation. The upscaling of the prototype has been fully prepared by extensive design documentation and reviewing with experts (mechanical structure, schematics of the electronics, and software designs). Sponsorships to support the realization of the final installation have been arranged.



The student project team would like to express a big thank you to the Glow Eindhoven organisation for their outstanding support. This project would not have been possible without our sponsors: Philips, Vanderlande, and Ergon.

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