Thursday, November 12, 2009

Living Light

What if there was a way to visually understand how present air pollution is in our everyday life? Let's say you run the city of Seoul and you want people to become more aware of pollution and what areas of Seoul are mostly impacted.

What would you put up to make a point? Maybe a nice billboard or informational booth set up near a subway station would work.

Nowadays, science and art have been merging in a way that is both technological and beautiful. My good friend sent a link to me about the Living Light Project.
Living Light’s glass skin is actually a massive redrawn map of 27 Seoul neighborhoods. Every 15 minutes, neighborhoods light up in order of best air quality to worst based on real-time sensors from the Korean Ministry of Environment. And each night, neighborhoods are illuminated if air quality is better on that particular day than the same time last year. Seoul citizens can also text the installation and expect a response (presumably detailing air quality in certain neighborhoods).
I haven't actually seen one of these projects yet but I think I might make it a point to check it out. Making it intuitive and interactive I think is a great additive to the public art genre. Typically public art is some monolithic sculpture plunked in the middle of a park with no real connection with it's surrounding or people.

I wonder if there is an informational sign nearby to help viewers know they can send a text.

All in all, it sure would be interesting to check out and become a cool conversation piece.

But residents of the city who want to see these displays put to good use need only take a trip to the World Cup Stadium’s Peace Park, which is where this beautiful Living Light sculpture blooms. The permanent outdoor pavilion and glass canopy projects up-to-the minnute information about local air quality, and locals can send it a text message to receive a report from anywhere.

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