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LED Installation Sheds Light on the Plight of Endangered Starlings
Each autumn thousands of Starlings flock to the UK to spend the winter. This natural phenomena creates wonderfully fluctuating shapes known as murmurations, where the Starlings meet together before settling to roost. Designer Claire Potter wanted to highlight the importance of one roosting site – the iconic and skeletal West Pier – so her design team created a light installation featuring more than a hundred wind-powered LED lights. The LED array is mounted atop recycled plastic poles above an old timber boat. Claire’s ‘mini-murmuration’ represents a tiny snapshot of the real murmuration that occurs, while also highlighting the decline of the starlings – red LEDs were chosen as a reference to the “red listed” status of the starling on the RSPB Species of Conservation Concern List.
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