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expolight turns old factory chimneys into ‘digital light flowers’ in ukraine


 

expolight unveils ‘dnipro light flowers’ installation in ukraine

 

in the ukrainian city of dnipro, 13 idle factory pipes belonging to an old factory site were kept intact. recently, local studio expolight has revitalized 5 of those plant chimneys — converting them into ‘a new image of digital blossoming flowers’. the towers now serve as part of a post-industrial art installation called the ‘dnipro light flowers’, featuring pixel lights, lasers, and wireless synchronization.

 

winner of the 2021 lighting design awards, this intervention symbolizes the city’s development strategy; such a large-scale intervention will inevitably attract tourists and pump new life into the urban fabric, argues the studio. eventually, all 13 of the pipes will take part in the installation — turning into a technological garden that covers a distance of 7km, visible from the right side of the dnipro riverbank.

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real-time digital light show that caters to any theme or event

 

expolight (view works here) covered the pipes with 2,500 pixel lights and installed 60W lasers on top of each. their color scale and dynamics can be programmed depending on events and holidays. twice a week, for example, a 5-minute laser light show with musical accompaniment can be watched from two main observation platforms that the studio built with audio equipment for visitors to enjoy. 

 

once the show begins, ‘light, lasers, and sound are launched simultaneously in real-time through the sophisticated software we developed for wireless synchronization across the river,’  shares expolight. 

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beside the 5-minute laser show, the installation can take on a particular theme to celebrate or honor certain events related to ukraining. on one occasion, the pipes displayed thematic colors in support of patients with rare diseases worldwide. similarly, the five monoliths were lit as a memorial candle to commemorate victims of the 2014 revolution of dignity in kyiv.

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but there’s more. regular citizens can also participate in an individual launch of the ‘dnipro light flowers’ — on the sole condition that they donate a web application to help sick children. the application can be accessed via the viewing platforms by scanning a QR code. ‘these launches will be not only incredibly spectacular but also important for those who need help,’ reflects expolight. 

 

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