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Listening Lights react to public's whistles

Listening Lights

Listening Lights

A light sculpture that mimics the Aurora Borealis and responds to whistles has been installed in a Canadian street.

The Montreal-based lighting designer Moment Factory switched on its urban artwork ‘Listening Lights’ on Market Avenue in Winnipeg - inspired by a legend that says when one whistles, the Northern Lights become more intense.

The artwork reacts to the public’s whistles and makes the sculpture’s LEDs turn on and off in a variety of sequences to create more visual drama, as shown in the video above.

The lighting company, whose work includes lighting Canada’s parliament buildings in Ottawa, used 68 LED lights to create the permanent artwork which serves as a ‘gateway’ to all of the nearby art venues in Winnipeg’s cultural district.

Moment Factory was selected to create the artwork, last summer, after Winnipeg City Council approved its $2.5 million (£1.6 million) cultural district streetscaping scheme. The new street scheme involves widening pavements on Market Avenue as well as improving pedestrian lighting.

“We really enjoyed working to create a new interactive, urban lighting attraction to distinguish Winnipeg’s cultural district,” said Dominic Audet, co-founder of Moment Factory. Audet added: “We hope this engaging installation will build iconic memories for upcoming generations.”

Watch the video here.

 

 

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