Lights :: Ars Electronica museum in Linz, Austria / by Tim Putnam

The museum has a facade that contains 1085 LED controllable windows. The windows' colors are changed in realtime with music that's broadcasted on speakers surrounding the building.
 


The installation was done by Multivision, a Marchtrenk-based firm founded in 2002. Music for the piece was composed by Daito Manabe, who in my opinion has a dream-job. What a cool project to be a part of.

From LEDINSIDE.com:
"The LED facade lighting installation is the largest of its kind in Europe. The LED strips built into one side of 1,100 of the glass facade’s panels are 20-120 cm long. A strip’s cross-section is 30 x 45 mm; each is studded with 20-48 high-output LEDs. Mounted on each diode is a special 22 x 22-mm lens that casts the light onto the glass panels. Each of the 1,100 LED strips can be individually controlled by an electronic unit that makes it possible to fine-tune brightness and the color mix.

Saved to memory on the lighting system’s master computer is a repertoire of patterns that can be applied to the Museum of the Future’s facade at night. Special artistic effects and new patterns can be created from scratch on the computer. A unique feature of the technology being utilized in Linz is the possibility of producing a pure white. With it, the AEC can be transformed at the push of a button into a 'white crystal.'"

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