Interactive Public Space: Unnumbered Sparks

"An aerial canvas"
Interactive Public Space: Unnumbered Sparks
Interactive Public Space: Unnumbered Sparks
Interactive Public Space: Unnumbered Sparks
Interactive Public Space: Unnumbered Sparks

Unnumbered Sparks was a large, interactive sculpture installation on display at the 30th anniversary of the TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, during March 2014.

 

The sculpture, a net-like canvas 745 feet long and suspended between downtown buildings, was created by artist Janet Echelman. Aaron Koblin Creative Director of Google's Data Arts Team created the digital component, which allowed visitors to collaboratively project abstract shapes and colors onto the sculpture using a mobile app.

 

Koblin explains that a viewer is actually seeing a "distributed website" when interacting with the sculpture. Created using a combination of WebSockets, JavaScript, and Polymer and used to show off Google Chrome's latest capabilities (You can try it out as a 3D simulation at the project’s website) visitors were able to choreograph the lighting by simply connecting to the local WiFi network and deciding where on the sculpture they would like to leave their mark.

 

Projection mapping technology translated their actions onto the correct location of the shifting fibers in real-time.

 

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To learn more about the ideas and technologies that went into creating Unnumbered Sparks, watch the video below.

 

Additional: TEDJanet Echelman's site

Related: Networked Art projects, Mimmi