I’m a big fan of United Visual Artists, UVA for short, and their work and experimentation with light. One of their most recent projects is called Connection, a “work consists of an array of vertical luminaires integrated into a pedestrian bridge.” What’s interesting about this though is that the lights are triggered by human movement, so what was a pretty banal bridge is now a lively, moving piece of art. When people walk by it almost looks the the bridge is physically undulating, like it’s swaying in the breeze.
I feel like work like this is more interesting than new projects because it’s taking something that’s existing and simply making it better, even if it’s purely aesthetics. I think a lot of people tend to want something new and shiny instead of trying to improve upon something, which most of the time is probably easier and more cost efficient to do.
If you’re in Toronto, Canada go visit the Maple Leaf Square building, that’s where you’ll find it.