Sensor-Laden Tunnel Reacts To The Pace Of Passing Footsteps

Sensor-Laden Tunnel Reacts To The Pace Of Passing Footsteps
Arts & Culture

Interactive sculpture increases safety and gives pedestrians a chance to reflect as they pass through.

Ross Brooks
  • 9 september 2013

Walking through a tunnel late at night can be worrying for most people, but this interactive pathway guides the way, keeping you safe and making sure you get to where you need to be.

The interactive sound and light sculpture is called “Transit Mantra,” capable of guiding pedestrians and cyclists through the dark Dutmala tunnel in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The thoroughfare was thought up by Amsterdam-based designers Knol Ontwerp, opening in August of this year.

Inspired by the history of Eindhoven, a city made up of clusters of former villages, a characteristic that is still there for all to see when visiting the city today. Based on the notion of “being in transit,” the swarm-like installation seeks to enhance this experience, offering people a chance to reflect on their way through the tunnel.


The sculpture doesn’t just react in one monotonous way either, the velocity and number of pedestrians influences the behavior of the installation. This creates a unique experience of light and sound depending on whether an individual, a group, or a cyclist passes through the tunnel.

As each person passes through the tunnel, they also leave an ethereal trail behind them, as opposed to a rigid progression of light as they turn on and off above their head.


Knol Ontwerp

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