spectratxt is a text message reactive light sculpture in Middlesborough town centre. Sited at a crossroad, in a pedestrianised area of Middlesbrough’s shopping precinct, it was designed by Peter Freeman and was inspired by local connections to Captain Cook’s journeys to Tahiti.
Spectra-txt is a 10-metre column of light made of a 1000 points of fibre-optic light in a mirrored stainless steel structure. It creates shimmering colours and spectacular reflections.
Using text commands and a mobile telephone anyone can choose one of six colour animations. Commissioned by Tees Valley Arts on behalf of Middlesbrough Council and completed in 2004.
Texting ‘Chromapop’ throws up animated rainbows of glittering light.
Texting ‘Boro’ turns spectra-txt into the colours of the local football team.