100,000 LED lights to light up the Sumida River

 
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8 Jun

2012

Tokyo has always been a mistery to me, one of these cities that will you blow away for sure. What follows would certainly water my eyes. At the occasion of the Tokyo Hotaru festival that just happened, one of a kind of installation was made where LED lights were the main ingredient. LED lights are awesome, aren’t they?

100,000 LED lights, that is what it took to give to the onlookers an astonishing spectacle. The aim here was to suggest hotaru (fireflies) with those lights that floated down the Sumida River through central Tokyo.

Beyond the purdy effect, let’s note that the LEDs were  designed to light up upon contact with water and were 100% powered by solar energy. Let’s also mention the reference to a long gone practice were people used to to gather, it seems,  around clean, running water, searching for these luminous creatures.

First seen on www.spoon-tamago.com. All credits to the pictures below can be found on this website

ART-PIE - Hotaru festival

ART-PIE - Hotaru festival

ART-PIE - Hotaru festival

Author: Pierrick Senelaer

Founder of the Art-Pie site. I design and code websites and apps Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 and enjoy drawing, painting and visits to museums and galleries at night and weekends.

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