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D-Tower / D-Tower ( Nox, Q.S. Serafijn )
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D-TOWER
NOX, Q.S. SERAFIJN, 1999-2003
Grutstraat/Europaweg, Doetinchem

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
NOX

PROJECT ARCHITECT:
Lars Spuybroek

ARTIST:
Q.S. Serafijn

BUILDING TYPE:
Monumental art

PUBLICATIONS:
de Architect 2004-2; Bouw 2005-4; Architectural Design 2005-1; Architecture + Urbanism 2005-1; Nox - Machining Architecture, 2004
This 12-metre-tall tower is a joint project by architect-theorist Spuybroek and artist Serafijn. An interactive artwork, it is to reflect the daily mood in Doetinchem. Armed with a website, a group of residents relays these day-to-day feelings which are then visualized in colours emitted by LEDs: green for hate, blue for happiness, red for love and yellow for fear. The D-Tower is assembled from polystyrene blocks over which latex has been stretched and a finish of glass-reinforced epoxy resin applied. Its blob-like form is inspired by a beating heart. The final form and structure were fixed by suspending a model upside-down. The D-Tower is blue most of the time; evidently, Doetinchem is by and large a happy place.