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Client: Locomotion - The National Railway Museum at Shildon
Artist: Peter Freeman

Date: September 2004

A major work for the first national museum to be built in the Northeast. Light Engine is a 6 meter high, six-sided mirror stainless steel column with lines and circles of RGB LEDs.

It is interactive and has different sequences of lights, which can be triggered by text messages. The message commands are based on engine names which Timothy Hackworth built – Locomotion, Globe, Sans Pareil, Magnet, Arrow, Shildon.

The work uses new technology and digital communications to echo the importance of the railways for communication when they were developed as a national network.