Architectural, sculptural and light installation

Vortex is a generative light sculpture built into the unique architecture of the Darwin ecosystem Project.

Bordeaux / France / 2014

Architectural fragment made from scaffolding, VORTEX has a raw wood skin highlighted by 12 lines of LED light as many generative and constructive project’s lines. Merging organic materials with new technologies, this hybrid architectural artwork wraps around and embraces the footbridge between the complex’s two buildings, revealing and enhancing the venue’s dynamic energy while working as a live visualizer of energy consumption.

Manually controlled via a joystick, the structure can be synchronized to music and also displays its location’s energy consumption through a series of illuminated tubes. It ultimately answers to the ambient environment around it, capturing the Darwin Ecosystem Project’s unique energy consumption footprint, and converting it into data that is processed to spawn realtime visuals.

VORTEX evolves like a living organism.
It breathes, trembles and emits pulses of light.

VORTEX‘ LED lighting system and video projection is powered in realtime by MadMapper,
the mapping software designed by GarageCube and 1024 architecture.

VORTEX / 1024 architecture

For DARWIN Ecosystem
Bordeaux / 2014

Construction Team:
Scaffolding / LAYHER
Wood / Bureau BAROQUE
Neon Lines / Neon Flexible
Electricity / E.G.C.I 

Photo: 1024, Emmanuel Gabily and Theo Baracassa