Civic Battle on Bikes

Posted on | January 29, 2014

I recently walked by this awesome light installation that was exposed in the passage of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I met one of the artists, Onne Walsmit who gave me details about this urban intervention which was one of the higlights of this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival.

The lightwork is designed by ‘Venividimultiplex’, an artist collective, consisting of Joost van Bergen, Dirk Schlebusch and Onne Walsmit. It was sponsored by InventDesign and DHL Express.

The interactive arch determines the ‘strongest’ cyclists. Attached to the arch are…

…five thousand LED lights and beneath the arch, on both sides, stand five bicycles. While pedalling, the cyclists push their own arch of light to the other side trying to defeat their opponents.

The energy and the fun factor created enormous long-lasting smiles. Civic engagement created not just positive vibes, it also brought locals and foreigners together. Some probably ended up having mint tea afterwards.

 

Photos: Venividimultiplex