We developed and implemented a motion design concept and playback solution for a light-installation at an historic coal crane after an initial pitch by Prof. Peter Eckart from HfG Offenbach. The crane is located in a developing harbor area in Offenbach and owned by the EVO (Energieversorgung Offenbach). It has been in daily use since 1902. Now every night the crane turns into an animated landmark of the redeveloping area. The project was opened during the 2010 Luminale and has been on permanent display after sunset since then.
For the installation, our partner Lightlife equipped with the crane with 378 monochrome cold white Traxon LED tubes, integrating around 36,000 individual LEDs. Our mapping algorithm allowed for an easy control of all LEDs. The crane moves during the day, so all control has to be done wirelessly. Two e:cue butlers connect via WLAN to control the LEDs.