I’m not going to lie guys this is incredibly frustrating. We (@jonasjohansson @elch and I) have been working on these LED install (primarily the holders) since the middle of August. We have discussed this across many different forms of media (forum, chat, in person) and I even presented this at the townhall meeting in mid October (with no feeback/suggestions of location change etc.). Every single one of these discussions resulted in how these tubes were designed specifically for the gallery container. An extra effort was made make them look super naijs because these were supposed to eye-level and permanently part of the gallery.
- custom STL design of these holders rather than simple rubber endcaps
- investing in brass 3D print filament which is quite $$
- a huge amount of time spent printing (since Oct), troubleshooting the printers, and removing the support
- designing and building a tumbler so that these could be polished for full “effect”
I have been responsive in putting in extra effort to get these finalized ASAP given the square’s lighting push here. In response to @NinaLindberg’s call (fbook chat) for more lights in time for the secret experience yesterday, @elch actually tried to install the tubes on Monday but postponed due to the mess/noise it would make. This forum post was started was to discuss adjusting the gallery sign, not to discuss the location of the tubes.
I am fully sympathetic to wanting to maintain the “look” of the gallery container. (The critique of LED tubes aesthetic not matching does seem a bit hypocritical given that the GALLERY sign also uses rainbow WS2811s but that’s not particularly important.) I don’t personally care where the tubes go - this isn’t an ego-thing or something. I was told that the orange container bridge over the yellow made a dark spot of the square that sorely needed light. I suggested installing Jonas’ old project, that was encouraged, and the three of us made it happen. Simple.
My frustration is that this location concern has never been previously mentioned - In the many discussions we’ve had about this over four months, if i had ever gotten a hint that there were considerations installing higher up (orange/red containers) or less prominently, I would have happily slapped some rubber endcaps on the tubes and been done with it. The extra effort on my behalf was specifically made in response to direct feedback that we should take this opportunity to give the gallery container this extra love and attention.
This is a sore spot as I am experiencing a similar pattern with the dome column design. A project is started -> others are consulted and a concept is discussed -> design is finalized and “signed off” -> a radically inclusive forum discussion starts which ultimately negates all the work done to that point. I value my time, and have no interest in spending where it is not of use. This pattern is discouraging and personally makes me hesitant to invest my time when the work will eventually be discarded.