SILO 468 URBAN LIGHT ART PIECE FOR CITY OF HELSINKI

The project is a conversion of oil silo into light art piece and a public space designed by Madrid based Lighting Design Collective (LDC). It sits by the sea facing central Helsinki, Finland. The natural light, wind and the movement of light on the water formed the principles for the lighting concept. Walls are perforated with 2012 holes referring to the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 year.
The lighting signifies the start of a major urban redevelopment for the City of Helsinki. 1280 LED domes in 2700K white are fitted inside the silo behind the cut-outs and visible from several kilometres away. A bespoke software was developed using swarm intelligence and nature simulating algorithms that refresh responding to parameters such as wind speed, direction, temperature, clear night and snow. System dials out every 5 minutes for new data. The patterns are fluid, natural in feel and never repeat. They are slow but speed up in relation to the wind speeds creating constantly changing mural of light. At midnight the exterior turns deep red for 1 hour. The colour refers to the former use of the silo as a container of energy. At 02:30 when the last ferry goes past to Suomenlinna lights go off.

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

SILO 468_Lighting Design Collective_Helsinki

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