As Seattle City Light generates electricity though hydropower, two currents of light flow down the wall of Center House in Seattle Center. This flow changes with how much electricity Seattle City Light is generating at that current moment in time. The light then flows through a virtual map of Seattle’s distribution lines. The amount of light flowing to a particular neighborhood reflects the power usage of that area at that particular moment.
The computer simulation renders a real time particle system based on Seattle City Light information. CURRENT completely refreshes every minute with to represent the newly received data.
CURRENT represented Seattle City Light in Sustainable Futures Month at The Next Fifty. This Seattle Center event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle City Light, commissioned this installation.