sculpture by the sea: poolscape
well, we managed to pull it off! urban future (au) in collaboration with elmar trefz, ardrian hardjono and philip peltz have our interactive light sculpture on at bondi icebergs for another 3 days as part of australia’s largest outdoor art event, sculpture by the sea. the proposal frames an artificial digital landscape within the confines of bondi icebergs little pool represented through contoured lines. as you walk, move or dance on the balcony facing the pool a camera detects your actions and starts distorting the lines leaving patterns and traces of your presence.
these patterns and colour gradients have varying life cycles and depending on the amount of activity that is taking place the landscape will adapt and reconfigure accordingly. we have begun the documentation process and will post more imagery and videos as we produce it. the installation turns on at 9pm and finishes at 11:30pm so if you are in the area please pass by and enjoy the ephemeral nature of the sculpture.
for more information on the sculptures concept read below.
as both researchers and practitioners we are interested in the habitation of extreme topographies primarily those on dry land where the practice of architecture in predominantly located. we are fascinated as to the manner in which this landscape changes over varying periods of time either by the natural effects of erosion, extreme weather conditions or man’s intervention.
often the changes in these landscapes are so subtle and over such extended timelines that we do not get to see them deform. in addition these changes are controlled by a rich array of simple inputs which when combined, form highly complex formal and performative outcomes that are consistently different.
the changing tides and weather patterns modify the underwater landscape at a much quicker rate. sand banks shift like desert dunes altering the pattern of breaking waves and their effect on the shore. this is a landscape that we rarely see.
images by franziska link