Optical Flow is a celebration of its local natural environment. The experimental media artwork uses live wind speed data to generate a real-time simulation of the rippling surface of the nearby river. Through digital animation it emulates the way sunlight bounces off this surface to create glittering patterns known as ‘solar glint’. Standing in front of the installation, passers-by can interact with the digital water. The shadows they cast onto the artwork generate splashes and radiate waves which in turn create solar glint.

Optical Flow pays homage to the river as an important ecological habitat and key factor in the development of its surrounding urban center. The artwork hopes to inspire contemplation on our interconnectedness with nature and the inevitable impact of our actions.

Tinted glass, custom steel structure, custom LED circuit boards, ultrasonic wind sensor, IR transmitter, computer