515 North State Street, Chicago
LED with vinyl diffusion. 15’ x 25’. Video & custom software.
Inspired by the constant activity of the vibrant River North neighborhood of Chicago, the artwork captures moments of generic daily motion and uses them to create abstract moments of color. Custom software analyzes source footage for paths of motion contained within the video data, and uses them as conceptual brush strokes to ‘paint’ the video into a different visual composition.
The installation pulls from a library of video footage that was shot within River North, reflecting the different kinds of motion that pulse through the neighborhood — the flow of people, traffic, and trains, the river that borders it, and the sky above it, interspersed with occasional moments of green space.
Intentionally referencing the tradition of abstract painting, the software enables images to dissolve into softer-edged abstract patterns, slowly resolve into clarity, and then dissolve again, in a constant journey in and out of legibility.
Canvas is permanently installed at 515 North State Street, Chicago (USA)
Concept & Design by ESI Design
Software Development by AV&C
Systems Integration by Diversified Systems
Commissioned by Beacon Capital Partners