Large Rocker Switch Array Says “Hello World”

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Large Rocker Switch Array Says “Hello World”

Hello World Rocker Switch Art
I sure hope Valentin Ruhry took advantage of his electronic component distributor’s volume discount to create Hello World, a site-specific installation made of 4,750 (by my calculation) illuminating rocker switches. The piece is currently on display as part of an exhibition called Fünf Räume at The Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City until September 5th. [via Triangulation]

8 thoughts on “Large Rocker Switch Array Says “Hello World”

  1. cbleslie says:

    DO WANT!

  2. Anonymous says:

    would be cool if they allowed people to flip the switches in there own shapes and then record the chances over time somehow.

  3. Terry Weygant says:

    As a supply chain manager for a contract electronics manufacture we often will have large surpluses of parts due to engineering changes, failed companies etc. We try to sell to brokers and companies like but sometimes we just end up giving it away or last resort land fill.  So I’m guessing the artist found a good source of surplus 

  4. Adric Menning says:

    Indeed, it would be cool if a computer or micro controller could read the switch status and generate a bitmap. 

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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