03. Feb 2016

Light art installation: a colourful mix of the four seasons

Photos: Ambiances Design Productions

Le Kaléidoscope is a light art installation on the facade of a grain silo complex in Buffalo/USA. It was designed by the multidisciplinary design studio Ambiances Design Productions. Located on the banks of Lake Erie and in the heart of the city, the 360-degree kinetic installation is part of the urban renewal plan. The installation is an artistic interpretation of the seasons as seen through the lens of a kaleidoscope. After sunset the silo is transformed into an impressive spectacle featuring unique, glowing patterns, symbols and colours.


The approximately 30 metre high silo, the circumference of which could easily contain two football pitches, is illuminated by a total of 554 LED projectors, ten of which are moving lights. Each season translates into sequences that evolve through colour changes, movement, textures, projections, variations in luminous intensity, and optical distortions.

The light scenes reflected in the lake underscore the transforming power of light. The installation is designed to raise the public’s appreciation of the city of Buffalo/USA.

Project team:

Client: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
Lighting design: Ambiances Design Productions, Montréal/CDN
Architectural consultants: Foit Albert Associates, Buffalo/USA
Electrical planning: Ramtech, Buffalo/USA
Electrical contractor: Frey Electric Construction Co., Tonawanda/USA
General contractor: Hohl Industrial Services, Inc., Tonawanda/USA


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