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LDC wins Helsinki World Design Capital light art competition

30 November 2011 11.00 GMT

(Finland) - Architectural lighting design firm LDC (Lighting Design Collective) has been awarded a prize to realise a permanent urban light art piece in Helsinki, Finland - an official project for Helsinki World Design Capital 2012.

The art piece will convert a disused oil silo into a wondrous light display and a civic space. Public will gain access to the vast interior of the 36m diameter 17 metre tall steel silo which will be dark red inside. Sunlight will fill the space with dappled shadows creating a spectacular daytime space.

At night 1280 white LEDs flicker and sway on the surface of the silo controlled by a bespoke software mimicking swarms of birds in flight – a reference to the silo’s seaside location. The prevailing winds, well known to those living in Helsinki, are used to trigger different light patterns in real time.

“The enduring fascination of the complex movement of light and the amazing location by the sea will make this a captivating experience for the visitors and the residents of Helsinki,” says Tapio Rosenius, Director of LDC.

The scheme will be unveiled in October 2012 when the city is celebrating the World Design Capital year. The win crowns a buoyant year for the Madrid and London based LDC following major design commissions in Asia, Europe and Africa.


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