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Friday 03 Dec 2010

Interactive light display for Art Basel Miami Beach encourages environmental awareness

The annual Art Basel Miami Beach has once again transformed the sandy beachfront of this vibrant city with a four day celebration of contemporary art. Joint competition winners Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio have transformed 25,000 sq ft of the coastline with an interactive light display which harnesses the natural elements to illuminate a public space.

An artistic network of reflective and phosphorescent light ropes creates a canopy that moves in the gentle breezes wafting in off the sea. Totalling seven miles, the ‘floating ropes’ are activated by wind-speed sensors. When a specific wind speed is detected, the adjacent ultraviolet lights are momentarily activated, ‘charging’ a field of glowing phosphorescent ropes. Likewise, lower level lighting becomes ‘charged’ when an individual blows on it, activating neighbouring ropes.

Underneath this canopy of illumination is a hammock clearing, where visitors to the contemporary art fair can relax, socialise and enjoy the glowing display. Both the interactive lighting network and underlying social space aim to encourage public interaction with and awareness of the environment.

Art Basel Miami Beach runs 2th-5th December at various locations across Miami.


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