Counter is a solar-powered interactive installation that counts each pedestrian that walks though its archway. It is capable of counting up to one less than a billion, after which it will clock-over and go back to zero. Counter was first installed near the entrance to the Perth Underground Train Station. Since then it has counted on the beach at Cottesloe, Western Australia, at Aarhus, in Denmark, and at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
The concept for Counter arises from the imperative to “be counted” or “make sure you count” that is part of liberal democratic cultural heritage. In addition, the work carries overtones of surveillance and scientific measurement. Counter has proven to be highly effective at engaging its audience. To date it has counter over one million people across four installations.
For its installation at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Counter required engineering certification of its ability to withstand high winds. I worked with an engineer to design a suitable stabilising subsurface footing for the artwork for its Bondi installation.
Counting people at Aarhus, Denmark
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