Client: Polygon Realty
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Completion date: 2014
In the heart of Burnaby’s Metrotown neighbourhood rises Moda, a real-estate project developed by Polygon Homes as “an architectural statement.”
Polygon selected Eos Lightmedia to create site-specific light-based interactive artwork to enhance the vibrant community’s art walk.
Working within the constraints of a 30’ wall that varies from 4’ to 6’ tall, we incorporated programmable pixels on a colour-changing background. As befits the Lower Mainland, the work mirrors a cloud passing by: The way the light comes together to form a cloud, the way it floats, the manner in which it shapes the earth—and the passing, transitory nature of its structure.
As residents walk by the wall’s surface, a cloud forms; as people linger, the clouds grow. Over time, once people pass by, the clouds dissipate. The piece receives input on local weather conditions and changes colour accordingly: storms and disruptive weather patterns bring forth crimson and reds; calmer days are communicated through cool blues, while days of bright sunshine transform the piece into yellows and golds.
As a dynamic and yet practical piece of art, A Cloud Scatters Light keeps residents engaged through ever-changing shapes and colours—and also subtly reminds them when they might need an umbrella.