At the annual Amsterdam Light Festival, the best light artists from around the world light up the Amsterdam canals. From November 20, 2017, to January 21, 2018, visitors can once again enjoy the beautiful installations and works of art downtown, including a piece by artist Lambert Kamps. Pneumatics specialist Aventics supports the festival as a sponsoring partner.
Boxtel/Laatzen, November 27, 2017 — With “Touch of Time,” a huge illuminated digital clock, the Dutch artist Lambert Kamps has created a pneumatically driven artwork. “The underlying idea for Touch of Time came about ten years ago when I wanted to control the amount of light by removing a light source. I managed to do so with a pneumatic control: I moved a translucent plastic tube with an LED strip back and forth in a gray PVC tube so that there would sometimes be more light and sometimes less. Turns out, I found this movement much more interesting than simply looking at the light.”
Since PVC tubes wear very quickly, Lambert Kamps sought professional assistance for his pneumatic project: In April 2017, he contacted Aventics to discuss his project with employees at the Dutch subsidiary in Boxtel. “The project impressed us right from the start,” reports Geert-Jan Stöver, General Manager of Aventics Benelux. “At first glance, art and pneumatics have little in common. But at second glance, you will see that pneumatics, a simple and clean technology, offers the reliability Mr. Kamps needs to realize his project.”
Aventics did not hesitate to support the artist with expertise, technology, and materials. Among other products, the company’s ES05 valve series is installed in the artwork. “With this system, we offer our customers a particularly economic, user-friendly solution for applications in industrial automation – and in art, too,” chuckles Stöver.
Clear the stage for pneumatics
The general manager is particularly delighted that Touch of Time is featured at a prominent location, right across from the main train station, during the Amsterdam Light Festival. “Our pneumatics are in the spotlight.” Lambert Kamps’ artwork displays more than just the time. The clock is also reflected so that it can be seen from both the front and back. Touch of Time also showcases various patterns and rhythms.
The ambitions of all those involved with Touch of Time go beyond the exposition in Amsterdam: There are also plans to display the artwork outside of the Netherlands. “With its sales network in over 90 countries, Aventics offers an excellent basis,” explains Dr. Peter Saffe, responsible for strategic sales at Aventics. “The Touch of Time project makes clear that, as a well-known and proven technology, pneumatics can always be used in new applications.”