Inlaid Logic


Inlaid Logic is a giant electronic circuit board inlay made out of waterjet electronic traces. This work is a CMOS Logic Sketch, an exercise in building a visual vernacular for the 8 digital logic gates which are at the foundation of all digital electronic technologies.

This piece was made as an Artist in Residence at Autodesk Pier 9 and is currently on display in the Pier 9 gallery.

Dimensions : 72″ x 20″ x 13″ (freestanding)

With Inlaid Logic, the electronic traces that form logic gates are suspended in a vertical plane of transparent acrylic. Each circuit has buttons as an input, an LED as an output and an arrangement of transistors that predicate the output based on the input.

Power and ground run on the backside of the piece and connect to the front with brass rods.

The whole piece runs for over 2 weeks on a single 3V coin cell battery.

Demonstration of inverter gate (left) and buffer gate (right) :

Inlaid Logic on display at the Artist in Residence final show in the Pier 9 workshop :

Timelapse by Charlie Nordstrom. Pier 9 Digital Storyteller.

Fabrication timelapse