Convergence

Submitted by Jenn Figg

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Client: Anonymous

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

Concept, design, handmade glass, installation, project management

Jenn Figg

The Art Firm

Concept, design, handmade glass, engineering, installation

Matthew McCormack

The Art Firm

Overview

Convergence, 2017
Hot sculpted glass, steel, wire, 3D printed plastic, LEDs, weather sensor.
14′ tall (from ceiling), 45′ in width, 22′ in depth
Location undisclosed online

Convergence draws from the building’s environment and the advanced digital & technology development within. The optical glass elements light up in real time, mapping the wind, temperature, humidity, and dew point. Informed by both the surroundings of tangled vines and a major waterway, the sculpture flows from chaos to an ordered eddy of lines.

Each of the 700 pieces of hand made glass glass curves features an individually controlled LED on a custom circuit board assembly. A Raspberry Pi interfaces the weather station sensor array with the LED display with a Java application. An internet connection provides system monitoring and offers redundancy for weather data.

Goals

The client asked us to bring the outside in. Convergence is a wind map, visualizing the breeze immediately outside the building. The concept design was to visualize local environmental data as inspiration to keep the ideas flowing inside the building.