Artist Katie Paterson was commissioned by Vauxhall Motors to create an art work on the theme of re-inventing British classics. Paterson took a British seaside town as her inspiration and created an evocative work for Deal Pier. Along the length of the pier, out to sea, the lights flicker in time with lightning storms as they occur live across the globe.
Lightning signals from as far away as the North Pole or North Africa are received by an antenna on the pier and translated into light. As the pattern of lightning strikes changes, so the pier lights oscillate correspondingly, with a subtlety that contrasts with the power and drama of the storms they reflect.
Head on down to Deal Pier, East Kent to see it for yourself from 21 December 2009 – 30 January 2010 (5–10pm weekdays 5pm–8am weekends) or stay warm and watch the video:
Hat tip to PSFK