Artist Nayan Kulkarni's Nocturne installation adorning the Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge, stretching from Newcastle to Quayside in Gateshead, was powered-on for the first time last Thursday night. The GBP300,000 project will illuminate the bridge for at least the next 15 years, never repeating the same color combination twice "as pre-programmed barcodes of colour ripple across the structure, rising and falling in brightness and intensity to match the ebb and flow of the tide below."
The low-energy LED lights consume less power than a domestic dishwasher, but are capable of creating 16.5 million colours - or more than two billion possible combinations of colour across the whole bridge.
The design means the light is contained within the bridge, causing a minimum of ambient light pollution while creating a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour.
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