This image was created as a representative illustration of the internet; specifically web forums. The idea was showing a space where people come together to network, spreading the light of their ideas to not only the intended recipient, but also spreading the glow to other threads as well.
The geometry was primarily created via a Python script I wrote. The primary challenge was getting a good mix of lines and empty space; keeping contrast in an area that would easily fill with light.
All modelling and rendering was done in Maya and rendered with Mental Ray. Some compositing and tweaking work was done in both Autodesk Composite and Photoshop.