photo PIXI


With Pixi, a member of the Lumo family, WERC created a digital organism in which art, technology and nature come together. With this piece of light-art, WERC investigated whether a technical simulation of a natural phenomenon is capable of imitating the complex patterns of nature.

The Pixi originated from WERC’s fascination for the biological processes that take place within a group of organisms such as a flock of starlings, a group of fireflies and a school of fish. WERC studied the movements of these types of groups and the choices that an individual makes within such a group.

The Pixi is a digital organism with a pulsating light. It makes its own choices, but is also influenced by environmental factors. The Pixies are designed to be self-sustaining so that they can survive in a natural environment.

The installation, consisting of more than a thousand wirelessly communicating LED lights that respond to each other and to the visitor, was purchased by Staatsbosbeheer (Forestry Commision) to create more experience in the forest during the short, dark winter days.

With Pixi, WERC presents an internationally acclaimed piece of light-art that gives visitors a unique and visually stunning experience through the forests of Drenthe.


  • Exhibited
  • Buitencentrum Boomkroonpad, Drouwen, The Netherlands
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Duration
  • 2016 - 2020 (Oct - Dec)
  • Type
  • Installation
  • Dimension
  • 4 km route + multiple installations
  • files
  • Custom firm- and hardware with wooden housing and LED light

  • Collaboration
  • Provincie Drenthe, Staatsbosbeheer
  • Video
  • Joshua Maldonado
  • Photo
  • Knelis, Sander van der Bij
  • Special thanks
  • David Koster, VDH, Van Reijnen, Major Electronics, SNN (Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland), DORP, Innofest, Welcome to the Village, Gabriëlle Gijsbers and all volunteers helping with build up

Artistic vision