Neon Wave Sculpture

1979 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coauthors: Jeffrey Shaw, Theo Botschuijver

Production: Eventstructure Research Group, Amsterdam

    The Neon Wave Sculpture is a permanent urban neon sculpture that is interactively controlled by actual wind speed. Mounted on the exterior wall of an apartment building in Koopvaardersplantzoen, in North Amsterdam, it comprises forty-eight sine-curved neon tubes. The light level in each tube can be electronically modulated so the animated movements of eight different waveforms can be made to travel across the sculpture. The selections of these patterns, and the directions of their animations, are automatically determined by actual wind speed conditions and wind direction, which are metered on the roof of the building. The Neon Wave Sculpture’s eight animated light patterns relate directly and metaphorically to varying wind speeds ranging from calm to storm.

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