Artist
Peter Wegner (U.S.A., b. 1963)
Date
2011
Media
Steel, polycarbonate, time

The colored cards in the 2,048 flip-digit modules that comprise Monument to Change as it Changes cycle endlessly, making a satisfying fluttering sound, the individual modules functioning as physical pixels in a great movie about color and pattern. Peter Wegner first got the idea to create an artwork using these computer-controlled flip-digits while standing on a train platform in Berlin, mesmerized by the changing digits on the signage. But unlike the train signs, Monument to Change as it Changes never rests on a particular pattern, but continually evolves, never repeating itself within an eight-hour period. The perpetual evolution is meant to underscore the Graduate School of Business’ commitment to effecting change.

The wall of Zambrano Hall had to be re-engineered and reinforced with steel to support the weight of the 3-ton installation. A company based outside of Bern, Switzerland, manufactured the components and an animator in Long Beach helped Wegner program the color sequences. Wegner spent months refining the 80 colors on each flip-digit module and developing the sequences in the cycle. There is no particular logic or algorithm behind the patterns except Wegner’s own natural biases and fascination with color.