Northern lights are the tourist attraction of Finnish Lapland. Myllypuro is one of the uninviting 60’s suburbs of Helsinki. Night Sky is a permanent installation that brings the northern lights in real time to Myllypuro. The work consists of a matrix of 1000 LED lights, installed to the facade of the building. The 40m x 20 m matrix is invisible during daytime, but during dark hours it displays a visualization of aurora borealis in Lapland in real-time. Real-time research data from Finnish Institute for Meteorology is de-coded into a colourful display that enables the local people to witness the cycles and intensity of sun storms, usually only visible in the north.
Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
The work consists of a matrix of 1000 LED lights, installed to the facade of the building.
Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
40 m x 20 m
Does the artwork use sound?
Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
The work is only visible in darkness.
Seen before at:
Public artwork, facade of Myllypuro hospital, Helsinki.