400 fLUMENS Light Amsterdam's Oosterdok Bridge by the Wind

Developed by OPENLIGHT with DigiLuce for the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012

In the Golden Age the Oosterdok was home to the world's most modern sailing vessels owned by the Dutch East Indies Company. Local ship builders allowed the Dutch to bring the world's most precious goods to Amsterdam, by making use of the free wind.

Amsterdam exists thanks to this mastership of the wind.

fLUMENS are an experiment to make light from the wind. fLUMENS visualise the wind. fLUMENS allow us to play with it. Make a shadow, for instance, by taking the wind out of the sails. Experience the invisible power that surrounds us. Aren't we in need for this power again? fLUMENS are completely powered by the wind and emit light from wind force 3 Beaufort. 

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OPENLIGHT is founded by designer and engineer Rombout Frieling as a designlab of the Intelligent Lighting Institute at Eindhoven University of Technology. In this project, Rombout collaborated with students Jesse Hertogs and Tim Scheffer.

DigiLuce is a consultancy exploring the boundaries of art, design and technology run by Luuk van Laake. 

The realisation of the project was generously supported by www.hightechmechatronics.com

On-site realisation aided by Aukes Theatertechniek

Specifications:

fLUMENS are custom developed modules that make light out of wind power. They operate from wind force 3 Beaufort. fLUMENS are waterproof and can withstand peak wind gusts up to Force 10 Beaufort. A fLUMEN measures approximately 250x250x250mm and weighs only about 200 grams. 

fLUMENS can be mounted on 'sails'; racks that can be attached to bridges and buildings or placed on squares and roofs. Sails that are currently available have varying sizes of 2.5 by 6 and 2 by 4 meters (w*h). fLUMENS can also easily be positioned in other ways, for instance on rods in gardens. 

for information and availability of fLUMENS please contact us