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Floris Schoonderbeek www.florisschoonderbeek.com

Shall We Dance 2.0

By 15-01-2020

 The changing energy landscape has placed the dancing electricity tower by designer Floris Schoonderbeek in a different context. In 2007 conceived by Schoonderbeek as an ode to the electricity towers and to give a positive boost to their necessary presence. At the end of 2019, no longer surrounded by the old electricity towers, it has become a metaphor for the energy transition: the windmills are coming, the electricity towers are going! The light installation by light artist Wouter Brave and Schoonderbeek gives a new impulse to the artwork and its surroundings. The highest artwork of The Netherlands has become a shining icon of business park Keppelseweg. The stunning light installation has given the rural city of Doetinchem a metropolitan character. 

To accentuate both its dynamic shape and the transparency of the construction, the light comes from within the tower. The spots are placed “close to the skin” on the inside of the structure. This makes the dancing tower glow and strengthens its three-dimensional shape. Warm white light has been chosen for a harmonious and pleasant contrast with the dark environment. Given the height of the mast (37m), it was necessary to install the light on two levels: just above the foot and at the bend in the body. To reinforce the dynamic character of the artwork, a number of expressive lines – the arms, the head, the upper body – are partially accentuated with blue and red LED neon. The blue and red colors symbolize the dancing and the electrical character of the artwork, as if the sparks are bursting out of it! 

Wouter Brave > www.xbrightfx.nl

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