A Live Data Digital Artwork

FLUX is a digital artwork by  NOVAK featuring sound design by Ed Carter and Tim Shaw, that generates real time visual and sonic representations of live, pollution data captured from Newcastle University’s Urban ObservatoryPresented on a large, monolithic-like LED screen, located in the entrance concourse of Newcastle Central Station on the 17th to the 21st May 2019.


The Urban Observatory is a pioneering research program capturing and making public over 50 data types (e.g. air quality/tidal levels) via an increasing network of sensors located throughout North East England.  As the UK’s largest set of publicly available real time urban data, it represents the often invisible elements impacting our everyday lives.

The shapes and sounds that FLUX generates represent invisible airborne particulates of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Nitric Oxide (NO) alongside Particulate Matter (PM2.5). The volume of these shapes, their placement, movement and colour are all dictated by the live data being captured from the Urban Observatory and represent the fluctuating levels of these potentially hazardous pollutants that occupy the environments we all inhabit.

FLUX is a development of an artwork originally commissioned by Google Design and It’s Nice That .
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Venue support from LNER. Thank you to all the staff and management team at Newcastle Station.
LED screen and technical support from ArtAV
Photography by Rich Kenworthy