You Activate This Space

My work has always been about Time. Originally a photographer, I have stretched my work more and more to include aspects of time, like movement and change.

In this piece, forty-two backlit panels react in response to the movement of the staff through the space. As people pass each panel, the work responds by changing color and then slowly fading back to the original color, in effect, leaving a trail behind the person walking.

Thus, the Viewer becomes the Creator, riding a self-generated wave of calming energy--lifting them on their way to and from work.

The physical form of the panels is also reminiscent of a musical instrument, giving rise to a changing harmony of quiet tones filling the space.

The title of the piece is meant to be a clear and unambiguous message, both in an immediate sense (the bridge space), and also to the hospital work experience as a whole. The staff makes the hospital come alive.
 


Staff Bridge looking East. The pedestrians create changing patterns as they pass each panel.

 


University Hospital Staff Bridge looking west. Forty-two backlit panels react in response to the movement of the hospital staff through the space. As people pass each panel, the work responds by changing color and then slowly fading back to the original color, leaving a trail behind the person walking. Soothing chimes accentuate the meditative feel of the space.

 


University Hospital Staff Bridge looking east. Forty-two backlit panels react in response to the movement of the hospital staff through the space. As people pass each panel, the work responds by changing color and then slowly fading back to the original color, leaving a trail behind the person walking. Soothing chimes accentuate the meditative feel of the space.

 


Each panel operates independently, but gives the impression of aacting in concert with each other.

 


Detail showing custom designed support structures.

 


View from the street

 


A view from the street.

 


YouTube: A short video showing people activating the piece as they go to and from work in the hospital. Duration: 1 min. 30 sec. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycHc90eu2mk