SkyLines is primarily be constructed of illuminated fiber optic light cables oriented in a twisted arrays. The structured alignment of the arrays juxtapose the natural setting; attracting attention in the organic environment of Boggy Creek Park. SkyLines is mounted between two existing structures which provide an elevation and width for the sculpture to achieve a spanning affect. The sculpture is not intended to support direct human touch or interaction. The placement of the sculpture at a minimum height of 12-feet discourages direct contact with visitors. It spans the width of the underpass for a total of 38 feet.
This project was integrated with the site by using the existing columns in the park to create a suspended sculpture. By choosing this dark space we brought a sense of wonder to a part of the park that is usually avoided.
SkyLines is an illuminated fiber optic installation programed to interact with visitors in unique and surprising ways. The project was commissioned by the City of Austin and Austin Art in Public Places and installed in Boggy Creek Park in Austin October-December 2015. With lights on both ends of each fiber optic cable the sculpture illustrates subtractive color mixing blending where the two colors meet on each cable. IR lights allow motion tracking and the information is then fed to the computer with passes the message onto the lights as to how to react. The sculpture displays dynamic light patterns and has the intelligence to recognize and react when a visitor is near. Upon being approached SkyLines is triggered to greet the visitor with a playful display.
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