The Halo Harp was born as collaborative project between researchers at the University of Glasgow, and staff and students at the Glasgow School of Art, with a project to design a laser based musical instrument to encourage the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) through demonstration of light based technologies, for the International Year of Light celebrations, in 2015. The IYOL was a global initiative to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. It was a unique opportunity to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale.
The Halo Harp concept was the brainchild of Product design engineering students Kelsey Kordakis, Joshua Ward, Chi Wai Cho, Laura Morrison, under the supervision of Dr. Aileen Biagi, Mr. Craig Lynn, Dr. Giles Hammond, Mr. Russell Jones, Dr. Alan Cumming.
The early design process encompassed concept generation, and numerous laser instrument concepts were evaluated, a few of which are shown below: