Madonluvut (2019) is an interactive sculpture made of stainless steel and light. The work originates from Finnish epos Kalevala, and the encounter between the hero Lemminkäinen and a monstrous serpent. The hero defeats the snake by speaking the master-words of knowledge, which spell out the ugly evil origin of the snake. The spell or “words of knowledge” were first handwritten by people of different age and origin and then cut-through the surface of the stainless steel serpent. The sculpture guards the entrance site of the house by shifting the intensity of light and thus words, in accordance with the movements of people passing by.
Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Crown Opto Led-lights, powered by Phillips Lumiled. Control unit contains Arduino with a radar sensor. Stainless steel cover parts, laminated with opaque acrylic plates.
Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Length 9 m, Width 2,5 m.
Does the artwork use sound?
Seen before at:
Public artwork in Kruunuvuorenranta, Helsinki, Finland (Borgströmintie 2, Helsinki)