Sunrise / Sunset Haiku Engine at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Allard van Hoorn’s Sunrise / Sunset Haiku Engine visually and verbally translates the sky above the Whitney Museum. Using the names of the Dutch Boy house paint colors as a “haiku engine,” it generates site-specific poetry for day and night. At sunrise and sunset, a screenshot of a patch of sky above the Whitney is taken from a webcam view of the Manhattan skyline. The image is then pixelated to extract a range of colors, which are matched to swatches of the Dutch Boy colors, known for their poetic naming lexicon. For 30 seconds at sunrise and sunset, is tiled with these colored paint swatches and their accompanying labels, representing the colors of the sky at that moment. The project uses the sky as a free zone of imagination and draws attention to the perception of our environment.

Start Date

May 22, 2017

End Date

June 21, 2017


06:00 AM - 08:30 PM


Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY

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Whitney Museum of American Art



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