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'Dazzle' high-tech art display unveiled at San Diego Airport's Rental Car Center

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'Dazzle' high-tech art display unveiled at San Diego Airport's Rental Car Center (Pablo Mason) 'Dazzle' high-tech art display unveiled at San Diego Airport's Rental Car Center (Pablo Mason)

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A high-tech public artwork displaying projections like water ripples and dancing snowflakes was unveiled Wednesday on the exterior facade of the airport's Rental Car Center.

Called "Dazzle,'' the work features 2,100 e-paper panels, similar to the technology found in handheld e-readers but adapted for use on a much larger scale, according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

"It represents a living, breathing demonstration of what could become a radical transformation of building facades around the world,'' said the artist, Nik Hafermaas.

The tiles are controlled wirelessly by a computer and change from black to white, creating complex designs and animations. The artwork cost a total of $875,000.

The Airport Authority described the artwork as "a gigantic canvas for animations'' that's 1,600 linear feet long and powered by sunlight. It was inspired by dazzle camouflage used on ships during World War I, and tested by the U.S. Navy off San Diego, airport officials said.

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