GwaGwa brightens japanese waterfront with wind-responsive color lights
 
GwaGwa brightens japanese waterfront with wind-responsive color lights
dec 02, 2014

GwaGwa brightens japanese waterfront with wind-responsive color lights

GwaGwa brightens japanese waterfront with wind-responsive color lights
all images courtesy of GwaGwa

 

 

 

GwaGwa is the creative group of masamichi and kozue shimada. the central ethos of their outdoor installations, hand drawings, and stop motion animations is to use ‘creativity to make smiles’. with a variety of skills, the designers were commissioned by smart illumination yokohama 2014 to develop ‘colors of the windway’ along the waterfront of japan.

 


video courtesy of GwaGwa

 

 

 

the concept for the installation is to locate the circulation patterns of air throughout the site. thus, a sensor, a wind power generator, an ATMEGA328P micro-controller, and a full-color LED all directed by arduino are utilized to dynamically visualize the paths. 50 devices were allocated in a grid across the breakwater, which runs approximately 100 meters in yokohama bay.

GwaGwa colors of the windway japanese waterfront wind responsive color lights
distant view

 

 

 

the electricity is spawned by the mortar connected to a gyromill-like construct and charged in the internal NIMH battery during the day. at dusk, the embedded technology detects the breezes and turns on the light, flashing into five colors. the art piece is designed to be self-sustained. from a distance, the entire work is adorned with different hues of illumination where the brightness is fast with strong gusts and fades in and out with subtle motions.

GwaGwa colors of the windway japanese waterfront wind responsive color lights
the lights in the rain

GwaGwa colors of the windway japanese waterfront wind responsive color lights
the electric power is generated by the mortar connected to a windmill and charged in the internal battery during the day

GwaGwa colors of the windway japanese waterfront wind responsive color lights
the outside blade is for power generation while the inside blade is a sensor

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here. 

  • Lovely concept.
    This would trigger an epileptic fit in some people I know, because of the flashing and flickering movement.

    Ian
  • Lovely

    Ron Smith

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