400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno image © reuters/nigel roddis

 

 

 

as part of the london 2012 festival new york and amsterdam-based studio yesyesno adorned a 117km expanse along the hadrian’s wall world heritage site in england with hundreds of large-scale, pulsating light-filled balloons entitled ‘connecting lights’. the digital art installation consists of about four hundred 2 metre diameter weather balloons that transmit messages between each other – these sent in from people via an online platform. these messages are translated into LED lights that change color to create a vibrant row of blinking orbs, shown in several locations across the wall open to the public, including the errington arms in corbridge, housesteads roman fort, carlisle castle and tullie house museum.

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno a colourful line of pulsating balloons has lit up the night sky on the 73 mile (117km) length of hadrian’s wall image © artist

 

 

 

one of the collaborators on the project zachary lieberman comments on the work:

‘we are nerd artists who try to find a poetic way to use technology – in this case it’s LEDs and radio communication. hadrian’s wall is set in amazing landscape, it’s incredibly beautiful and the other thing I love about the wall is that it goes through so many different types of environments – windswept plains, craggy rocky landscapes, straight through cities. that diversity of environments I found really powerful. I also felt it’s very peaceful in places and we wanted to capture that. ‘connecting light’ celebrates the whole of the wall.’

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno the digital art installation consists of about four hundred 2 metre diameter weather balloons image © reuters/nigel roddis

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno the installation lit up the english landscape image © paul mcgreevy

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno the public contributions are translated into LED lights that change color image © artist

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno the LEDS behind the balloon image © artist

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno the electronics in preparation for installation image © artist

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno setting up the artwork image © artist

400 pulsating balloon installation by yesyesno a sketch of the concept image © artist