LightRails Installation by Bill FitzGibbons (Birmingham, Alabama)

Commissioned by REV Birmingham-the city’s economic development organization, this unique art-light installation under the 18th Street viaduct near Railroad Park, in downtown Birmingham debuted Thursday, June 27, 2013. Intended to enhance walkways under downtown viaducts with a placemaking splash of color in the city center, as well as encourage pedestrian traffic to link First Avenue North and the East Gate of the park.

http://www.billfitzgibbons.com/myportfolio/light-rails/

3D Floating Head above Center Bar in SLS Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)

The incredible display is in fact not an actual golden god, nor is it a projection-mapped, moving physical creation. Instead, the exhibit is a very clever optical illusion, using 2.1 million multicolor LEDs placed in a box structure to create a three-dimensional appearance when viewed from just the right angle.

http://makezine.com/2015/01/30/this-giant-floating-face-creepily-watches-while-you-gamble/

http://www.daktronics.com/news/Pages/SLS-Las-Vegas-Features-Dynamic-Daktronics-LED-Video-Spectaculars.aspx

Discovery Wall at Weill Cornell Medical College (New York City)

A Hirsch&Mann & Squint/Opera collaboration.

In collaboration with Squint/Opera, we designed and built “The Discovery Wall” – a permanent digital artwork created from thousands of tiny screens and lenses that forms the centrepiece of a major new biomedical research centre recently opened in New York City. This piece celebrates the work being delivered in this new research centre by displaying a potentially infinite collections of dynamically changing content at street level.

Our intention was to draw people deeply into the content, and give a sense of the fascinating and important research being conducted inside the purpose-built research facility. To that end, we designed The Discovery Wall to offer viewers three distinct positions to engage with the artwork: from across the street there is a macro view – a large scale image that can be a huge resolution image or an animation; outside the window, the viewers will see the mezzo content – titles of research areas and clusters of hundreds or thousands of images; and, by standing right in front of the artwork, viewers can discover the final, micro view – high resolution images and paragraphs of text related to the area of research visible from the mezzo and macro positions.

http://www.hirschandmann.com/2014/discovery-wall-weill-cornell-medical-college/

Weill Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Launchpad Exhibit in Bezos Center for Innovation at MOHAI (Seattle, Washington)

MOHAI Launchpad from Stimulant on Vimeo.

Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) asked Stimulant to conceive, design, and build an anchor interactive for their new Bezos Center for Innovation. The exhibit investigates Seattle’s history as a key center for innovation, and MOHAI wanted an installation that would act as a coda to the experience, inspiring visitors to be innovative in their own lives and communities. We designed an experience that literally reflected the user in the exhibit, underscoring that anyone can be innovative if they simply cultivate certain habits of mind. We did this by creating a multi-touch interactive mirror, augmented by an array of depth-sensing cameras, that provided a series of activities to remind the user that innovative thinking is within everyone’s reach. This interactive experience featured a real-time, reactive particle system, and adaptively displayed interface elements based on the user’s actual height, allowing for high usability across an incredibly broad demographic of museum-goers.

http://stimulant.com/portfolio-item/launchpad-exhibit-mohai/

http://www.mohai.org/exhibits/center-for-innovation

Liu Dao Exhibitions (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Phuket)

If you are traveling to Shanghai (China), Hong Kong or Phuket (Thailand), be sure to check the exhibition schedule for Liu Dao, one of my favorite collectives.

Liu Dao 六岛 (pinyin: Liù dǎo) is a Shanghai-based art collective of tech-geeks and creative talents driven by innovation and interaction.

The collective produces cutting edge art that constantly contemplates the future of Asia, engages sights and scenes from old and new China and elevates the skills of new talents by working from a communal forum.

Liu Dao’s art is visual, interactive, conceptual, humorous, and somber – but always striking, always involving fresh takes on modern technology, and always the product of collaboration.

Since Liu Dao’s beginning, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, new media artists, software and digital imaging artists, dancers, writers, engineers and curators have worked together to produce original, intriguing shows.

http://island6.org

Check-in to Henn-na Hotel via Robots (Actroids) in summer 2015 (Nagasaki, Japan)

Three of the uniformed actroids will serve as reception staff at the Henn-na Hotel, scheduled to open in July. Alongside them will be four service and porter robots, an industrial robot serving as a cloak room attendant and several robots whose primary task will be to clean.

The hotel will be located within Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park just outside the southern city of Nagasaki which seeks to recreate the life of a typically Dutch town, complete with Dutch-style architecture.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/11387330/Robots-to-serve-guests-in-Japanese-hotel.html

“Airway Lights” installation (El Paso, Texas)

At Airway Boulevard and I-10

Part of the Airway and I-10 Aesthetic Improvement Project to create a gateway between El Paso International Airport and Downtown El Paso.

The artwork consists of wind turbines that store electricity during the day and use it at night to partially power the lights.

https://vickiscuri.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/part-ii-airway-construction-review-fall-2014/

https://vickiscuri.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/airway-fabrication-and-installation-site-review-turbine-sculptures/

Solarium Installation at NASA Goddard’s Space Flight Center – Visitor Center (Greenbelt, Maryland)

The sun’s atmosphere dances. Giant loops swell up over the surface. Waves sweep through. Eruptions of material five, 10, 50 times the size of Earth explode out into space.

Solarium — an innovative new piece of video art — puts you directly in the heart of this mesmerizing show. The art taps into a vast reservoir of imagery from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

SDO watches ultratraviolet light invisible to the naked eye to track how material dances through the solar atmosphere. SDO takes a picture almost once a second — no other solar observatory has ever collected data on the entire sun at the speeds with which SDO does. Each image has eight times as much resolution as an HD TV.

http://www.nasa.gov/solarium/#.VNXHhsaEPu2