La Noche en Blanco: Perpetual Sunshine
Around three in the morning last Sunday, several hours into Madrid's La Noche en Blanco festival, I stumbled to Plaza Vazquez de Mella in search of Perpetual Sunshine. The brainchild of meteorologists, interior designers, and club kids, the exhibit is composed of 334 infrared bulbs that are wired to a computer. Using conditions of anywhere in the world where the sun is shining, the computer calibrates the bulbs accordingly. In this case, the machine adjusted the intensity of light and temperature to reflect the conditions of an ambiguous global zone that borders the Tropic of Capricorn (i.e. a tropical paradise), much to the pleasure of all spectators involved.