Dial - CODAworx



Client: Wright State University

Location: Dayton, OH, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $179,000

Project Team


Erwin Redl

Paramedia LLC


Jason Karas

Paramedia LLC


Light Installation with 45 programmed dials with 4 white and 4 blue LEDs each
56 x 12 x 1 ft/ 17 x 3.5 x 0.3 m (height x width x depth)
Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Price: $ 179,000.-
Public Agency: Ohio Percent for Art Program
Building architect: Perkins Will


The installation investigates emergence, the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of simple interactions.

45 LED dials are arranged in a diamond grid on the west walls of the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building atrium. They interact in a system to produce an effect different from, or greater than the sum of their individual effects. Each dial consists of eight high-brightness LED lights equidistantly arranged in a circle around a center pole. The LEDs point towards the pole casting its shadows. The lights of each dial are animated sequentially causing the shadow to rotate 360°. By off-setting the start of each of the 90 dials or operating different dials at different speeds, synergy between the individual dials emerges and produces complex large-scale patterns.


The commission was awarded after an open competition. Design and engineering was done by the artist. On-site installation was executed by the artist's technicians.