The Very Large LED Array, or VLLA for short, is a bunch of LEDs mounted on a 4x8' sheet of plywood driven by two Teensy microcontrollers and a Raspberry Pi. The hardware was designed and constructed by friends of mine for our hall in our dorm at MIT with funding from Texas Instruments. The goal was to create an impressive light show for parties.
One of the first effects I developed for the VLLA was directly inspired by a loading screen in a demo by Fairlight called We Are New. In the demo a pistol-wielding panda rendered in chunky volumetric form rotated in 3D space.
You can find my code to recreate the effect below: