The Water Cube in Beijing Was Transformed to Reflect China's Mood

 - Jun 30, 2013
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Reflecting the mood in China, the Water Cube in Beijing was transformed into a giant mood building called the 'Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube.' Using data from social media platform Sina Weibo, the cube changes colors along with the nation's sentiments.

As citizens collectively express different emotions, the cube changes colors. While posts on Sina Weibo change in tone, so does the Water Cube. As a result, spectators can gauge how their fellow countrymen are feeling just by looking at the Building.

Developed by artist Jennifer Wen Ma and designer Zheng Jianwei, the installation runs using custom code. Software aggregates the emoticons posted on Sina Weibo in order to determine mood.