Massive Installation Utilizes 41,000 LEDs

Massive Installation Utilizes 41,000 LEDs
Jeff Squires
  • 24 february 2009

We wrote last week about a colorful LED installation on the streets of Paris that blew us away, today we’re inspired by Multiverse, a massive installation by American artist Leo Villareal that features approximately 41,000 LED nodes that run through a 200-foot-long tunnel in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C..

As passerbyers move between the East and West buildings on an airport style people mover, the zillions of lights flicker on and off over head creating rhythmic patterns and abstract configurations.  The custom designed software also has an element of chance built into it, so it’s unlikely that anyone will see the same routine twice.  The project is Villareal’s largest and most ambitious work to date and will be on display through 2009.

We also came across this interesting interview with the artist discussing how he first got interested in working with light and how his art evolved from simple 1s and 0s to the incredibly complex and grand installations typical of his later pieces.


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