Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
Completion date: 2017
Wireframe Public Art
The light artwork “Lichthouders” was based on the gasholders, formerly located on the NRE site in Eindhoven, in the shape of large, round storage spaces. Round, metal constructions of light elements placed on top of their historical ‘footprints’. These circulair elements display sound loops.
The concept of using sound loops and making them visible is inspired by the sound experiments done by Philips in the 60’s by artists like Dick Raaijmakers. We created three “Lichthouders”, two with a diameter of 15 meters and one with a diameter of 21 meters, all have the same 3 meters height. Each object contains several hundreds of led pixels.
Every circle contains several audio loops and play in random order but within their sound composition. The audio loops are in sync with light animations so the movement and sound is directly visible. Using a 6 speakers setup, the sounds are all moving around the public, creating a spatial hearing.
Light Holders is an artwork that is both modular and accessible.
Its design allows for variations in size and sound depending on the location which offers a distinct and engaging experience for viewers all around the world. The interactive elements are designed to be intuitive and playful, encouraging people to personally engage with the artwork.
The structural materials can easily be rented globally (scaffolding, ballasts…), which minimizes both the cost and environmental footprint related to shipping.
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