Heart Beacon is an interactive enclosure of light, color, and sound that glows in sync with the beat of your heart! The artists worked with the design and fabrication company Creative Machines to develop a unique heartbeat sensor that senses and displays visitor’s heartbeats, thereby taking the literal and metaphoric pulse of the community of Portland, OR.
Creative Machines‘ Heart Beacon sculpture serves as a symbol of hope and resilience at the Emergency Coordination Center in Portland, OR. Using a touch-activated sensor, people can use their pulse to create a thumping sound that resonates through the steel frame and flickers the lighting in sync with the pattern to their heartbeat. During an ‘activation,’ passersby can change the lighting in the sculpture to indicate an emergency, transforming the artwork into a visual communication tool.
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