Artist Jennifer Wen Ma and lighting designer Zheng Jianwei have transformed Beijing’s Water Cube into an interactive lighting display that runs from dusk to 10 p.m. daily. The installation visualizes the emotions of Chinese social media service Sina Weibo’s millions of users with its ever-changing color.
Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube uses a custom software application that sifts through millions of emoticons and smileys posted to the site and translates them into a glowing light show.
Why I’m Curious
We’re seeing social media come into other aspects of our lives regularly. Everything from vending machines that accept Facebook likes as currency to social emotocons that change the look of real life objects. How else are we going to see social media changing the world we live in?