The PROGMOD is a seven and a half foot tall welded wire and plastic, programming module that electronically duplicates the Century of Light. Like the public sculpture, it uses radar, a microphone, and a photocell to sense, hear, and see things. In response, it creates abstract patterns on its ruby red screen, a duplicate of the Century of Light's mandala, while displaying programming data on its monitor.
The front of the PROGMOD is designed for sitting at and writing programs. Its monitor and keyboard are at hand for easy programming and editing.The creation of the electronics, the program and the physical form for these two sculptures was a collaboration between systems designers, Rene Vega, Randy Mims, and Jim pallas. The program involves a high level interpretive language created specifically for this project. A central feature of the program is what the collaborators call the Score
The Score is a list of instructions that determines what patterns will be created, in which sequence, for how long, and on what sensory data they will be dependent. The Score is written in a very understandable, yet versatile language and is easily modified. It is anticipated that many different Scores will be written by the collaborators and others in the years to come. Once a Score is written on the PROGMOD, it can be transferred to the Century of Light.  

In addition, the PROGMOD can be connected by a cable directly to the Century of Light for convenient "on site" program modification and sensor analysis. For extended programming sessions, the PROGMOD includes a desk area, components to sharpen pencils and make buttered popcorn. In addition to its function as a programming module, it can ring its bell, rotate is Yin Yang and inflate its giant blue tube.

Century of Light: Five minute video
Technical: Information and images of the Century of Light
Animated Rendering: Temporary mandala on a building
Labyrinth: Futile attempt to save the artwork.

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