“By combining the universal languages of morse code and color theory, Color Code 2.0.20 transforms the international signal of distress into a sign of solidarity and connectedness.” —Luftwerk


Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk donated this original digital print, created in July 2020. Measuring 13 x 19 in, it’s available in an edition of 5.


The designers further explain the concept behind the design: “When the international distress signal SOS was adopted in 1908, its easily recognizable and unique code produced aural unity, a sense of calm in life-or-death situations. As SOS began to be incorporated into popular culture, it took on textual inference, such as Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, or even Save Our Succor. Visually, the pattern forms the letters S (three dots) O (three dashes) S (three dots), allowing it to remain an effective visual distress signal, an ambigram that can be read upside down or right side up. As the world adjusts to new norms in challenging times, re-considering how language, objects, symbols, and even color can help us find stable ground and safety (no matter where we are), Color Code expands Luftwerk’s inquiry by investigating color as a system of language and symbols and a marker of emotion.”


Luftwerk explores light, color, and perception in immersive, experience-based installations. Focused on the context of a site for each project, Luftwerk applies their own interpretive layer, integrating the physical structure, historical context, and embedded information into each piece.  Since founding in 2007 Luftwerk has amassed a significant portfolio of work interacting with iconic architecture by architects including Renzo Piano, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In each project, they draw from the surrounding environment to interpret and expand on the context of the site. Luftwerk is the artistic collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero.

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Luftwerk Color Code 2.0.20 $250

“By combining the universal languages of morse code and color theory, Color Code 2.0.20 transforms the international signal of distress into a sign of solidarity and connectedness.” —Luftwerk


Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk donated this original digital print, created in July 2020. Measuring 13 x 19 in, it’s available in an edition of 5.


The designers further explain the concept behind the design: “When the international distress signal SOS was adopted in 1908, its easily recognizable and unique code produced aural unity, a sense of calm in life-or-death situations. As SOS began to be incorporated into popular culture, it took on textual inference, such as Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, or even Save Our Succor. Visually, the pattern forms the letters S (three dots) O (three dashes) S (three dots), allowing it to remain an effective visual distress signal, an ambigram that can be read upside down or right side up. As the world adjusts to new norms in challenging times, re-considering how language, objects, symbols, and even color can help us find stable ground and safety (no matter where we are), Color Code expands Luftwerk’s inquiry by investigating color as a system of language and symbols and a marker of emotion.”


Luftwerk explores light, color, and perception in immersive, experience-based installations. Focused on the context of a site for each project, Luftwerk applies their own interpretive layer, integrating the physical structure, historical context, and embedded information into each piece.  Since founding in 2007 Luftwerk has amassed a significant portfolio of work interacting with iconic architecture by architects including Renzo Piano, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In each project, they draw from the surrounding environment to interpret and expand on the context of the site. Luftwerk is the artistic collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero.

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