I wrote about designer Sebastian Errazuriz a few days ago – one of the projects I discovered on his site was The Crane. It’s a construction crane – one of the big ones – that is strung with light sources and illuminates the night. The story is actually pretty cool. From the website:
Following the traditional “espanta cucos,” a local kids lamp to frighten away demons. A twenty story crane is wounded in three kilometers of cable and connected to 1,200 light bulbs. An urban sculpture, a giant night light, or a bettered cross; silently looking after the city of Santiago, while tired Chileans sleep.
A simple project, but very interesting. I love the concept of espanta cucos – which translates to “it frightens cuckoos,” and I assume “cuckoos” means demons or stuff that scares kids.
Sebastian’s portfolio of work is here. Check it out.