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Travel We Would Travel Outside Amsterdam Just to See This Forest Light Installation

09:50  04 december  2017
09:50  04 december  2017 Source:   cntraveler.com

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Take a trip out of Amsterdam to see this art installation that features more than 1,000 lights programmed to communicate with each other across a forest . Well, that's kind of what happens in a Dutch forest , where a group of artists has installed a seasonal light installation .

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Imagine you're walking through a dark forest, when all of a sudden, the trees around you light up with flashing red lights. Well, that's kind of what happens in a Dutch forest, where a group of artists has installed a seasonal light installation. Titled "Pixi," the installation takes over seven and a half acres of forest in Drouwen, a village in the province of Drenthe, about 120 miles northeast of Amsterdam.

According to The Verge, 1,250 battery-powered red lights have been installed on trees throughout the forest. Each light, or "Pixie," is placed on a diamond-shaped wooden plaque and contains a microprocessor that communicates with other Pixies nearby. When one Pixie lights up, its microprocessor determines how often and how quickly it should tell another Pixie to do the same. Because of the microprocessors, no two Pixies are alike. This domino effect is intended for the Pixies to behave like a flock of birds or a school of fish.

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It's open to visitors from October through January, but only at night.

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The installation was created by four artists—Joachim Rümke, Olav Huizer, Joachim de Vries, and Jelle Valk—who've formed an artist collective called WERC. The project was initially created for Welcome to the Village, a Burning Man-meets-Coachella music festival that takes place every July. After officials in Drenthe heard about it, they decided to subsidize the project and extend it past the three-day festival.

Pixi is only on view at night, and will run every October through January for the next four years. People can visit the installation in groups of no more than eight people; each group is given two lanterns to carry into the forest, and the Pixies begin to light up when they detect the lanterns. Tickets cost €14.50 ($17.25) and are available to buy here. Drouwen is about two and a half hours away from Amsterdam, if you're taking a day trip from the Dutch capital.

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The Chinese artist’s piece, Thinline, which represents a theoretical border, takes pride of place among 36 installations at the city’s land- and canal-based annual light festival.

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