The concept: pivoting hourglasses (below a virtual representation) that react to travelers’ movement, inviting them to put their journey on pause.
Lyes Hammadouche and Ianis Lallemand building the piece in the ENSAD workshop.
Texel is equipped with movement sensors to detect travelers’ movements. The information collected is then processed by a computer which controls the motorized hourglasses in real time. The hourglasses’ reaction to movement was predetermined by the artists.
Texel was set up in two areas of the station with two different goals.
The first location: the mezzanine between the doors leading to the J line platforms, an area for both circulation and waiting. An isolated unit was installed at this location to invite travelers for a personalized session.
The second location: the corridor leading to the H-line and RER C platforms, one of the busiest areas in the station. A linear module composed of eight hourglasses was installed here. The goal was to echo the flow of passengers: the coordinated action of the hourglasses created the image of a wave, evoking movement.
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