Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Turbulence In Cardigan

Turbulence is the name of a proposed art installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer that he has designed for the town of Cardigan. It will consist of a large number of floating bouys which will be placed in the river Teifi, the bouys will illuminate and flash, and you will be able to send messages to them via your mobile phone and the bouys will store your voice and play it back to other passers by.

Turbulence by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

I think the project sounds brilliant, but the locals seem to be coming out in force against it, last week a hundred people turned up at the proposed installation site to protest.

Retired builder and local Luddite Ralph Rea said "Flashing lights ! Talking bouys ! From the moment I heard of it my reaction was total disbelief, astonishment and anger. It will never be built because we won't let it." Presumably Mr Rea then put on his best wooden clogs and went off to kick some computers to bits.

Turbulence isn't quite an original idea though, the art installation below was set in the river in Singapore in 2006, I don't know who the artist was.

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