KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Pref. – Italian artist Alberto Garutti has set up a project in which people’s movements trigger a light display on a wall in the city.
Garutti set up 13 sensors in shops and offices in a local shopping district, including on a bar in a coffee shop, at the entrance to a bathroom and in an office hallway. Movement triggers the sensors, activating the light installation on a wall behind the shopping area.
The wall faces the construction site for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, a facility due to open in 2004.
“Ordinary people’s life is expressed through the lights,” Garutti said.
The artist said he came to Kanazawa in January at the city’s invitation and conceived the idea for the installation after visiting the shopping area with local university art students.
He and other project organizers asked shops and offices in the area to cooperate and set up the sensors by the end of March.
Sueko Sakajiri, 73, owner of a lacquer craft shop, said, “I think the combination of an old city like Kanazawa and modern art is interesting.”
She said she hopes people enjoy the installation.
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