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Silo 468

Designer: Lighting Design Collective

Year: 2012

City: Helsinki

Country: Finland

Architect: Poyry Oy

Electrical: Granlund OY

Contractor: City Of Helsinki

Manufacturer: Traxon, Tehomet Oy, E:cue, Meyer

Concept Description

This is an light art piece that convert a disused oil silo into a wondrous light display and a civic space.Public will gain access to the vast interior of the 35m diameter 16 meter 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 LED´s flicker and sway on the surface of the silo controlled by a bespoke software mimicking swarms of birds in flight – a reference to 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’ Tapio Rosenius the Director of LDC say.

Photographer: Lighting Design Collective