Calgary, September 2018

Telus Sky

dandelion + burdock together with SACO worked with artist Douglas Coupland to create “Northern Lights”, one of the largest public art fixtures in Canada. SACO entirely transformed the north and south facades of the tower clad in a dynamic and colorful LED installation by using its innovative Shockwave Direct View V-Stick LED Light fixtures.

Working directly with Douglas Coupland, we devised a series of mapped animations to coincide with the daily revolution of the Earth, beginning at sunset and playing for 11 minutes. Interspersed in the sequence will be one-minute patterns to highlight the seasons, special celebrations and events. Together, the 12-minute series will loop five times an hour.

The north and south façades of the tower, will showcase the compelling installation, programmed by dandelion + burdock with full-colour motion sequences. Made up of 600 custom bulbs, the integrated LED lighting wraps around the building's window frames to create pixels, that together form an infinite number of patterns and color displays. TELUS Sky's design is simultaneously symmetrical and curvilinear.

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"Northern Lights will draw in the public, in a similar way to a firework show. It has an amazing sense of real-time motion and energy, along with the build-up to a spectacular crescendo."

Douglas Coupland



Douglas Coupland

LED Manufacturer & Installation



dandelion + burdock

Technical Consultant & Workflow

Nils Porrmann, dandelion + burdock


Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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