The switch on Warsaw’s newest neon looks set to be flipped on December 18th. Picked via an online vote that saw the public choose between three options, the winning design is the work of Anna Libera and Jan Strumiłło. The pair’s entry will debut on the side of the Chopin Museum and depicts a pair of hands moving up and down a piano keyboard.
“Our idea was to use the dynamic potential of the neon sign medium,” Strumiłło tells the Insider. “By looping through a sequence of hand-shaped tubes we created an illusion of movement, the kind that is so inseparably associated with music.”
“The animated sign shows hands on a piano keyboard, playing passages inspired by the Etude in C major from Chopin’s opus 10,” he continues. “Each hand shines in a different color. Finally, they all shine together in sync – as they do so, we hope that they will be viewed as a symbol of the multinational Chopin Competition community.”
Organized by the Chopin Institute, the competitive process saw over 4,000 people partake in a poll the closed in mid-November.