I’ve always liked huge displays. In this project I built a big numerical display out of neon tubes. It was controlled by a ATmega328P microcontroller and displayed the seconds of the current minute. This was a sisyphos task, as the tubes needed approximately 1 second to light up. Therefore the display appeared like a lightshow, switching on and off in the endless rythm of the seconds.

Update 2019 —
This long forgotten project got a new life in a different context. During planing of the stage design for a new TV Show at “ORFeins” I used the design of the displays as a template for big screens as a backdrop. The stage was then built by the awesome people at Consequences.

I like that this project evolved to something different. The seperate screens were mounted on wires and could be moved up and down, which gave the setting another layer of movement.