Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Completion date: 2022
We the Light is an interactive sculpture commissioned by Meta, designed to transport visitors into an otherworldly experience by simulating a cosmos and incorporating their presence into the constellations. Created by award-winning artist Maja Petric, this artwork combines cutting-edge technology such as AI, lighting, and multilayered etched mirrors to elicit a sense of infinity. Standing at 50 feet in width and 12 feet in height, it is the biggest permanent interactive sculpture in the world.
The sculpture emulates an ever-changing constellation, with each person interacting with the piece becoming a part of the stars. It stands out as a visible landmark while offering an interactive experience up close. The lights are programmed to change continuously, providing a unique experience for each observer, much like the ever-changing clouds in the sky. As people approach the sculpture depicting the dynamic galaxy of stars, their movements are reflected in the Light, embedding their presence into the sculpture. This awe-inspiring installation evokes the natural beauty of the universe, captivating people and igniting their innate connection with the environment. It inspires a recognition of unity with something greater than oneself in a vast and interconnected universe.
The piece is intended to transport visitors to an otherworldly experience by simulating a cosmos and incorporating their presence into the constellations. The sculpture was designed to reflect Meta's mission to connect people across the globe and empower them to build a more open and connected world.
The artist's vision for the interactive sculpture was brought to life through the development of custom software in collaboration with computer scientist Mihai Jalobeanu. The software includes real-time interactive systems, parametric video mixing, and AI, all developed specifically for this project. The innovative engineering developed for this work has been recognized in scientific publications and featured in international computer science conferences.
The piece inspires a recognition of unity with something greater than oneself in a vast and interconnected universe. Moreover, the interactive sculpture responds to visitors' movements, and their interactions become part of the ongoing narrative of the artwork. This creates a lasting impact on the installation, as each person's presence becomes part of the evolving constellation. In this way, the artwork reflects the interconnectedness of all things, both in the universe and on Earth. Maja's use of new technologies has been a critical component of Meta's mission to connect people in innovative ways.