Troika’s ‘Cloud’ in Heathrow’s T5

Okay so it’s destroying the countryside here in the UK and the environment for the whole planet, but dang! have you seen this?


Troika was commissioned by Artwise Curators to create a signature piece at the entrance of the new British Airways luxury lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5. Thy came up with Cloud, a five meter long digital sculpture whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be individually controlled by a computer to animate the entire skin of the sculpture. They used these flip-dots because flip-dots were conventionally used in the 70s and 80s to create signs in train-stations and airports. THere are still loads of that kind of sign up in stations and airports around the country. Here’s a vid of the installation, and a bit more of it in action – wow.


Troika explain: “By audibly flipping between black and silver, the flip-dots create mesmerising waves as they chase across the surface of ‘Cloud’. Reflecting its surrounding colours, the mechanical mass is transformed into an organic form that appears to come alive, shimmering and flirting with the onlookers that pass by from both above and below.” Skill.

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