Ilkka Paloniemi: Peace Ltd

Peace Ltd is a neon sign which does not function properly. The lower center tube is blinking randomly, is it broken?

Inspiration for Peace Ltd came from an old school urban environment with eternally glowing neon lights in darkness. The observation that we live in a world where small technical failure might change the meaning of a message radically is a point of departure. The neon sign of the world known symbol of peace is broken and it is showing something else. 

Peace Ltd is an outdoor-proof neon sign, 800 mm in diameter, made from galvanized steel and red-orange neon gas in clear glass tubes. The work can stand or to be rigged. The weight is 10 kg, transportation weight 20 kg and dimensions are 100x100x250cm. Low heat consumption. 5A/230v, schuko plug.    

Light sources, materials, and equipment:  
Light source: electrified neon gas (red/orange) in clear glass tube. Other materials: galvanized steel.

Dimensions of the work, approximately (width-height-depth): 
Diameter 800 mm, Depth 200 mm.

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Structures, hardware, or other equipment needed from the client: 
One/two rigging points, 50kg/total. Possible cherry picker for high installation.

Minimum height of the space:

Minimum square meters of the space:

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:

Building time and people required (estimate):
2 mins if self-standing installation. 1 hour if rigged high, professional rigger is needed.

Artist's presence:
Guidance can be provided for building.

Seen before at:
Flash Vallisaari, Helsinki 2018. Boisterous light, Hyvinkää art museum 2023-24.


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