‘fuehlometer’ (‘feel-o-meter’) or ‘public face’, an installation in germany by richard wilhelmer, julius von bismarck, and benjamin maus
the work of german artists richard wilhelmer, julius von bismarck, and benjamin maus, ‘fuehlometer’ (‘feel-o-meter’)
or ‘public face’ is an interactive art installation that reflects the mood of the city via a large smiley face sculpture.
measuring 8 meters (26.25 feet) tall, the face is composed of steel and neon tubes, installed atop a lighthouse in lindau, germany.
a digital camera along the lake captures the faces of passersby, which are then analyzed by a computer program
and classified as either happy, sad, or indifferent. the cumulative results determine the expression of the sculpture,
whose mouth and eyes shift accordingly via a system of automated motors.
an earlier version of the project was installed in berlin during 2008.
landscape (left) and detail (right) views of the sculpture
‘fuehlometer’ is installed atop a lighthouse along the lake
left: the artists sit within the smiley’s frame during the construction process
right: detail on the jointed steel and neon tubes composing the sculpture
mounting the installation
left: a computer program utilizes facial recognition software and an algorithm to determine in realtime the happiness index
right: the face-detecting camera, ultimately installed lakeside, from which the sculpture obtains data