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Light Sails
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Light sails are used as guiding symbols for the state exhibition around the Millstaetter Lake, Austria. In the 90's the lighthouse, one of the oldest communication systems, was used as a metaphor for orientation through the World Wide Web by the internet browser "Netscape Navigator".

The lighthouse - a point of orientation, to be seen from far, was long time used for shipping throughout day and night. Nowadays the lighthouse is used as a symbol for holidays, for the sea, for adventures and water.

Old lighthouses

The idea to design the 7 light sails comes out of that old and very well known lighthouses. As lighthouses, the light sails, are used to guide the visitors around the different exhibitions.

The objects are abstract sails, as a "light-space-installation". The objects are orientated to the lake. The lake Millstaetter Lake is getting a tribune out of water, because the energy of the lake is trapped, converted and reflected as light. So the sails are working as a transmitter and receiver at the same time.

Connection by light

The illumination of the light sails itself is reacting to the surrounding - the more people approaching the sails the more vibrate light. The illumination is also reacting to the temperature - they are constantly changing their colour. The colder the temperature the warmer the colour of light is getting and inverse.

In the dawn the integrated moving heads start their show. They elevate from water surface of the lake. The cone of lights raise and drop, they pulsate, they are reflected by the water. They connect and show the way from one light sail to another one.

In association with Karl Sodek.