NOVA Light installation at Zürich main train station

September 19th, 2008 by NearInteraction

Last weekend I was passing through Zürich on my way to Nürnberg. Had some hours to kill in the city and happened to pass through the main train station and saw a really cool light installation. I was in a bit of a hurry so I didn’t have time to stay and figure out more closely what it was, but I managed to take a few pictures as you can see.

The installation was constantly changing colours and displaying different patterns. It seemed as if it was random or shifting due to some external input rather than a cycle repeating. Seems I was right in my observations.

I checked it up and the installation is called NOVA and is developed at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). It’s possible to view it from 360 degrees and bot 2d and 3d objects (still images as well as film sequences and so on) can be displayed in over16 million colours.

A video of the sculpture up and running can be seen here:

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And there is more info about it on the following links:

http://www.mediaarchitecture.org/2007/05/

http://www.springerlink.com/content/kg180v82t00qg233/