Not only does this Global Data Chandelier function as overhead illumination, but it also distributes information through various lighting patterns. From a distance, the artwork appears to be just a number of lights strung together from the ceiling. However, from underneath, viewers will see that the purposeful arrangement is formed in the shape of a global map.
The permanent art installation consists of 425 pendant lamps that pulsate in unique lighting animations to visually distribute information about specific data types, including GDP growth rates, renewable water resources, and energy consumption. Additionally, the map can be highlighted based on international developments or events within the building.
The piece was designed by a partnership between Sosolimited, Hypersonic Engineering & Design, Plebian Design, and Chris Parlato and is located in the Center for Strategic and International Studies headquarters in Washington, DC. Check out the video below to see the lighting patterns in action.