1,250 LEDs Shimmer on the Surface of This Abandoned Oil Tank

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

The shift in season reminded me of this cool old project in cold Helsinki, where a team of designers turned an abandoned oil tank into a lovely, year round public art project.

The silo is located outside of Helsinki in Kruunuvuorenranta, a residential area across the water from the city. The neighbourhood's old harbour and terminal were largely abandoned, but a commission from the World Design Capital program brought new life to at least one derelict structure: A 9,100 square foot oil storage tank on the edge of the ocean.

1,250 LEDs Shimmer On the Surface of This Abandoned Oil Tank

Along the tank's steel shell, a group of designers from the Lighting Design Collective punched a pixelated framework of tiny holes, each replaced with an LED. Each of these 1,250 diodes is controlled by a central computer, programmed to react as the weather outside changes. The steel shell twinkles and shimmers in warm reds and cool blues until 2AM (when the last ferry back to Helsinki leaves).

1,250 LEDs Shimmer On the Surface of This Abandoned Oil Tank

The project opened permanently last year, so check it out if you're nearby. Even if you're not, these are great pics for an autumn weekend. [LDC; Designboom]

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 Kruunuvuori Light Art piece from Lighting Design Collective on Vimeo.