A SPATIAL PORTRAIT
Liberty Science Center

Location: Jersey City, NJ
Completion Date: 2009




Reflecting upon and reinterpreting the Liberty Science Center's belief that every person's actions affect everyone else on the planet and conversely, how global changes affect each one of us, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD has designed a dynamic, interactive digital artwork that captures the movement of every visitor as they circulate throughout the Great Hall. The composite of the movements of many creates an ever-changing three-dimensional "spatial portrait" that is suspended in the mid-space of the Hall, eleven feet above the floor. From multiple positions in the Hall, sensors and video cameras track visitor's movements and through digital processing and switching, this information is translated and displayed on a spatial field, in the shape of a rectangle. This pendant of 108 strands of light emitting diodes (LEDs), each 8 feet long, creates a dazzling show of light in real time, with an element to the spatial portrait, each and every visitor contributing.

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