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On Display is a series of glowing enclosures that reference window shopping displays. By interacting with these sculptures the visitor is highlighted within the illuminated frame and becomes the object of interest in the ‘window display’. We are celebrating the South Broadway business district by putting the public ‘on display’. These highly interactive sculptures encourage social collaboration and self-expression as each display will be a unique shape and opportunity to engage visitors.
We are offering a stage for creative expression by encouraging people to show off in public. The project alters people’s perception of public space by questioning what is on display, who is the participant and who is the audience. These new gathering spaces draw residents through and within them, transforming the experience of their passage with interactive lighting. The displays are brilliantly lit with color-changing LEDs, transforming each space into a community stage.
On Display can be enjoyed both day and night. Each display is made up of acrylic, with color added either by a powder-coated stainless steel wrap or a layer of colored acrylic. During the day sunlight streams through the acrylic walls creating a diffused glow of color and shadow patterns, adding visual interest to the streetscape. The stainless steel scrims contain imagery inspired by the surrounding antiques district.
In the evening, touch activated sensors trigger localized light patterns creating powerful sources of color for the surrounding area.
The shape of the sculptures inspires visitors to reach, stretch, bend and pose to best reflect the surrounding form. The intense colors encourage people to walk through the displays and spend time. As they do, they will notice that they become the object of display.
5' x 7' x 2' ; 3 sculptures total
stainless steel, acrylic, LED lighting, electronics, touch sensors
South Broadway, Denver, CO
Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock