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RESPIRAMOS - interactive light sculpture

Prize(s) Winners in Light Art Project
Company Rizomatique
Lead Designers Douglas Marote
Client Mostra VIVACIDADE
Photo Credits Antonio Frugiule, Marilia Pasculli
Other Credits Joao Frugiule, Alexandre Tinti, Marilia Pasculli, Ihon Yadoya
Completion Date September 2023
Project Location Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Entry Description

“RESPIRAMOS”, which stands for "WE BREATH", is an interactive light sculpture that encourages its users to reflect on the levels of pollutants present in the air, a problem present in human society, arising from it since modernity, and which affects millions of people around the planet every year.

Based on the collection of data on concentrations of atmospheric pollutants released online every hour by CETESB-SP, the work allows interaction with such data in a visual way, by representing levels of certain pollutants, as measured by stations of the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo.

Users interactivity takes place through an interface (a tablet application), which allows the user to interact with the data, so that its manipulation will result in patterns of masses of colors projected onto the light sculpture.

Inspired by curved, organic and fluid shapes, the sculpture's design was conceived in a modular way, with a metalwork structure that also references the transparency of the air. With the height of a person, and a width adaptable to the location where it will be installed, the artwork uses addressable LED strips lighting system, creating a display with sinuous shapes.

This work of digital art seeks, in a playful way, to bring light, reflection and awareness to issues inherent to human beings, their care for the planet and, inevitably, humanity itself.
Sustainability Approach

The choice for LED strips to create a data visualization display was the most energy efficient way to bring light to the sculpture.

The artwork was powered by the city's electrical grid (no fossil energy generators were used). In the state of São Paulo, 90% of electrical energy comes from non-fossil sources (65% hydroelectric + 25% bioenergy).

The entire structure of the sculpture was built with metalwork, which makes the artwork close to 100% recyclable.