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Cool Water Writing Installation in Vienna

It Spells SomethingWhile walking around downtown Vienna, we happened upon a cool kinetic sculpture. It was a large metal frame, about the size of a soccer goal. Along the top of the frame, there were 320 water nozzles.

The whole thing was connected to the web, and it randomly grabbed sentences from the web and spelled them out in fleeting water words. It was quite remarkable to see. The project was called bit.fall, and here’s an excerpt from the description that accompanied the installation:

Key words from the daily news are only temporarily perceivable as transparent images before they again dissipate. BIT.FALL is a contemporary memento mori, which critically draws attention to the continual flood of information that manipulates our reality.

I found it difficult to capture a decent image of the water spelling anything. This was my best effort.