27 Sep - 05 Oct 2013
All Day
Upper Barrakka Gardens

Light up my House (Science in the City, Valletta)

How much energy does it take to light up a bulb or make a cup of coffee? Come and find out on the 27th September at ‘Light Up my House’, an interactive art installation by Lyanne Mifsud.

Bicycles will be powered by visitors to light up the installation. Light fittings and home appliances are connected to the bicycles and stationed along the installation, bearing a resemblance to a fitness challenge. The going gets tough with appliances that generate heat, namely the popcorn machine and the kettle.

Pedal power is a source of energy in use since at least WWII. In collaboration with Heritage Malta, an authentic post-war Navy bicycle will be on display at the ‘Light Up my House’ installation in the Upper Barrakka Gardens. The bicycle on show was originally used by the Navy personnel to turn on a radio transmitter.

Sourcing energy from pedal power is no easy task. It takes 600 bicycles to power up a family household for 24 hours. Join us at the Upper Barrakka Gardens from the 27th September to the 5th October to ‘Light Up my House’ and learn about science through physical activity.

AGE: All ages

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