2019 AMI Online Salon

Sinister Lights in the Night

Project Details

  • Company/Institution:

  • Entrant Name: Paul Veach

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                       

  • Address: Roseville,MN

  • Client: University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Medium/software used: Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Mudbox, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator

  • Final presentation format: Print poster

  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

Railroad worms are unique for their ability to exhibit bioluminescence in both red and yellow-green light. When hunting millipedes, they turn off only their green lights to stay undetected. This fascinating hunting strategy makes them invisible to their prey, which can only see green light and not red. The main scene shows a railroad worm coming from the lower right corner toward a millipede. The railroad worm’s red head light illuminates part of the millipede and immediate surroundings. Its green lights are dimmest toward the head, indicating the railroad worm is starting to turn them off to avoid detection. A label indicates the general location of the light-producing photic organs in the body segments. The green spots further away from the head are still turned on and show the vivid appearance of the railroad worm’s lights. The lower left inset is rendered in a simplified style to clearly emphasize the directionality and timing in which the railroad worm turns off its green lights.