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Olympic Pool Transforms Twitter Emoticons Into Glowing Light Show [Pics]
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Beijing’s Water Cube portrays real-time painting of China’s mood.

Lara Piras
  • 27 june 2013

Artist Jennifer Wen Ma and lighting designer Zheng Jianwei have transformed Beijing’s Water Cube into a display of the sentiments of the Chinese social-media service Sina Weibo’s millions of users through an interactive lighting display that runs from dusk to 10 p.m. daily.

Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube uses a custom software application that sifts through millions of emoticons and smileys posted to the site and translates them into a glowing light show.

Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube

Ma explains, ‘I have conceived this as a piece that can breathe, as an organic being that changes as nature and society around it changes. I want people to feel like they have some authorship because their emotions are being registered.’

See more pictures in the gallery below.

Wen Ma

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