Digital Light Installations Make for Winter Wonderland


So far, this year’s winter season has been far more wet and rainy than snowy and white. But the Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) in Athens, Greece wasn’t about to let weather stand in the way of creating a magical and colorful winter wonderland at Stavros Niarchos Park. Thanks to curation by the ADAF and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, the outdoor park was quite literally lit up with interactive installations creating a sort of playground of light and sound. The video below offers a closer look at all the installations, but the two standouts for our purposes are The Wave and Illumaphonium.

Consisting of 40 motion-sensitive triangular gates (each over 4 meters in length), The Wave is an immersive tunnel of changing lights that stretches more than 80 meters across the park’s grounds. Aside from the spectacle of size and bright lights, the generative artwork actually reacts to the number of people passing through it as well as their movement and pace. Made possible by the Vertigo art collective, The Wave was created to be presented at Ofelia Plads in Copenhagen, as part of the 2017 Frost Festival. It was commissioned by the Frost Festival and the Ofelia Plads Association. The work has been presented in Copenhagen, London, and Liverpool, among other places.

Illumaphonium, on the other hand, is essentially music-making installation with digital light components. Created by musician and inventor Michael Davis, the semi-acoustic, semi-automatic, multiplayer musical sculpture stands over three and a half meters tall and consists of more than two hundred illuminated chime bars. Each of these bars responds to touch, creating unique combinations of light and sound for cacophonous and impromptu jam sessions. The installation has been shown at the Lumiere light festival in London in addition to several other festivals in England and Scotland.

For more specific info about each of the featured pieces at Stavros Niarchos Park , visit


About Author

Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa,, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

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