Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin’s incredible 745 foot hanging sculpture, Unnumbered Sparks, is a glowing floating string sculpture that recently lit up the sky outside of Vancouver’s Convention Center. Created in conjunction with the Vancouver TED talks, the sculpture invited visitors to interact with it by choreographing light using their smart phones. The ethereal canvas changes color, tone and movement at the crowd's whim.
The massive sculpture hung between the rising towers of downtown Vancouver from March 15-22, 2014 in celebration of TED’s 30th anniversary. The collaborative piece was designed at its giant scale using Autodesk, and took hundreds of helpers to create a canopy between a cluster of buildings in the city.
During the day, the soft-fiber multimedia piece sways with the breeze like a billowy net above commuters’ heads. But at night, the piece truly comes to life, illuminated with a myriad of colors that seem to float like a rainbow cloud. The colors could be manipulated by any one watching the piece, using small movements on their smart phones or tablets to create hundred foot trails across the netted sculpture. The resulting effects of swirling multi-colored lights took on a surreal effect as the soft-fiber cables moved with the wind.
Echelman’s incredible piece not only showcases the fusion of art and technology, but also shows how public art can have a social purpose, sparking the interest of and bringing together people in a community.
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