Get Living London - National Art Competition 2015
Finalist: Digital & biophilic Installation
A national competition to commission a large scale site specific artwork with a £70,000 budget. The artwork was to be situated in a striking 13 floor atrium in Vesta House, located in the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village.
This installation explores notions of neighbourhood and the instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Community can be seen as a living organism and well designed residential blocks can provide a ‘container’ within which people can develop contact with each other. The installation has 2 distinctive elements to encourage well being and interaction for residents:
1) Laser cut cascading wall with responsive Projection Mapping
A simulated living wall made from fire-retardant substrate, cascading down into the atrium. Each cluster of brightly coloured flowers represents a daily opportunity to interact with another resident. The planting design is informed by a data capture, using motion sensors, of the average number of daily human interactions in the building. The plants themselves also invoke feelings of biophilia - ‘the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life’. They also improve indoor air quality by removing toxins.
A sequence of screens appear below the living wall, featuring real time ‘living’ generative art. The interface utilises data from a number of sources to create a constant flow of visuals, e.g: data about local weather, data from the actual plants via their irrigation system, data from the movements of residents - flowers bloom in real time when 2 or more people are gathered in the atrium, echoing motifs on the living wall.