Windmills Are the Stars of This Dazzling Light Show

Dutch history meets modern energy initiatives in artist Daan Roosegaarde’s latest installation, which uses beams of green light to visualize the movement of the country’s windmills.


Blades on these mills can reach 170mph, but special tracking software and a thermal camera mounted behind the blades keep the light beams pointed at their targets, connecting each tower like a big laser-y game of jump rope. Keeping with the theme of energy efficiency, the beams themselves are made possible by high density LEDs.

Read more about the project at Roosegaarde’s website.


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I know it would be wasteful, but I kind of want to see a setup in which the output is represented by lasers. When it first starts up only 1 is going, then as more energy is produced a 2nd and 3rd all the while the blades would be moving faster making a more interesting display. Definitely would need to be different colors for the amount of power produced as well.