AVIVA lives on the main facade of the Hyatt Place San Juan Puerto Rico. Located next to the Convention Center, this installation greets guests intensifying the hotel and enriching the surrounding area. During the day you see an abstract wall sculpture. Purple, orange and silver panels of various sizes frame an LED video screen that plays surreal animations. At night, the entire building illuminates. The panel's negative space reveal an alternate design and a new element appears- pixel columns sparkling in synchronization with the surreal visuals on screen. A facade in constant variation.
Prisa Group, the company who commissioned the project, has focused on resort and residential development for over three decades and is highly regarded for its enhancement of natural landscapes and the integration of art in the communities it serves. True to their integrity, they sought to add a unique artistic enhancement to their development of Hyatt Place San Juan. In doing so, the building stands out significantly from the surrounding architecture and competing hotels. The work beautifies the city area where it lives of what would have otherwise been just another insignificant, corporate structure obstructing skyline. The hotel was built in a new area of San Juan that is being developed around the new Puerto Rico Convention Center. There are still a few dark spaces yet to be constructed and so, the addition of this digital scenography sculpture illuminates its surroundings. Since it is a constantly evolving work of art, it always provides novelty to the spectator and adds dynamism to an inherently static format. With the addition of this artistic piece on its facade, the Hyatt Place San Juan presents itself as the modern, dynamic, high-end alternative.
The collaboration process was between the artist, the client and developer's engineering team, and the audio visual company installing the equipment. This process can be better explained by simplifying it into phases. First Phase: Brainstorming. After grasping the overall concept of what the client wanted to do, and working within a given budget, various sketches, mock-ups, and animatics were provided to the client for their feedback. Second Phase: Practicality. Once there was a favorite design selected, modifications were incorporated in order to comply with engineering and technical requirements. Third Phase: Install. With the final design approved, we needed to coordinate the logistics of installation. An efficient schedule was produced to have the piece installed, working, and programmed by the hotel's inauguration date.
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