Artist and sculptor Virginia Folkstad of Denver, Colorado chose to install colored RGB LED projectors and proximity sensors on the Wynkoop St. Railroad Bridge to make the normally quite mundane task of walking across the bridge more thought provoking and immersive. It was all part of the Lodolights event with the bridge exhibit called Cubed3. Due to the interactive nature of the display, the entire bridge becomes a kinetic sculpture. When at “rest” – i.e. nobody on the bridge – the bridge “breathes”
through the rhythmic back and forth cycling of red and blue LED projectors. Once a person steps onto the bridge, sensors trip causing the color patterns to change and move around while artist-designed gobos (“Go Betweens” or a slotted template placed in front of a light to change it’s projected shape) are projected for short bursts. One gobo in particular is a perspective railroad track which is a nod to the railroad’s very significant part in Denver’s development. As a person exits the bridge, the installation trips one last event to encourage people to turn and look back at the bridge. Kewl! The Cubed3 installation interacts with groups differently than individuals in that the event timing is changed to give individuals or individual groups a more personalized experience. A really neat installation from a goovy artist!
You can check out the full article with all of the pictures on Enlighter Magazine’s website here. I was a little disappointed with the lack of technical details about the installation in the article. Being of a technical lighting background I would really like to know some of the specifics – i.e. LEDs chosen, projector fixtures, controllers, software/firmware etc… but that’s just me.
Be sure to checkout all of Virginia Folkstads work on her website here.