Acclaimed Montreal-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's Pulse Front
is the world's largest interactive light sculpture. A matrix of light beams over Harbourfront, originating from twenty of the world’s most powerful robotic searchlights, is entirely controlled by a network of sensors that measure the heart rate of passers-by.
With Pulse Front, your heart rate will light up the city.
Up to 20 metal sculptures, with embedded sensors and computers, are placed along Toronto’s harbour. Pulse readings, from people gripping the sculptures, are converted into light pulses by computers that also determine the orientation of the beams. With over 200,000 watts of power and 15 km visibility, Pulse Front
blends the intimate with the spectacular in one of Toronto’s most popular public spaces.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s work has been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the United Nations’ World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media in Japan (2003) and the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004).
Commissioned by Luminato Festival and co-produced with Harbourfront Centre.