16. Jan 2015

Wind translated into light

Light art installation and Photos: GwaGwa – Masamichi Shimada

With their light art installation “Colors of the wind way” on the waterfront in Yokohama/J the designers from GwaGwa aimed to translate wind into light and colour. Fifty small abstract windmills with integrated LEDs were designed to define five different wind speeds using light. Wind can be felt on the skin at all times of day and night, but the goal here was to render wind circulation visible after dark. The art piece was part of the “Smart Illumination Yokohama 2014” art event.

A sensor inside the windmill detects the wind speed and a microcontroller switches on the light in the spinning windmills. The different colours indicate the different wind levels. During the day electric power is generated by the motor inside the windmill and stored in the internal nickel-metal hydride battery (NiMH).

A dynamic, ultra-sustainable and colourful “wind way” – all made possible thanks to light and new technologies.


colors of the windway from GwaGwa on Vimeo.

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