Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman March 2014

Hiya APJ,

This is an amazing, enormous, interactive art piece in the middle of an Canadian city, Vancouver. The sheer scale of what the artists have achieved is mind blowing and that anyone with a smart phone can get involved makes it triply special. This is future art. I feel blessed to live in a world where something like this is not only possible but happening. Done as a installment for TED 30th Anniversary in conjunction with Studio Echelman and Google Chrome.

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From the Janet Echelman site: Studio Echelman installed its largest, most interactive sculpture installation to date at the TED Conference’s 30th anniversary, March 2014. The monumental aerial sculpture spanned 745 feet between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center, challenging the artist to work on her most ambitious scale yet – over twice the size of her largest previous sculpture.

The sculpture was presented with an original, interactive work created in collaboration with artist Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab. At night the sculpture came to life as visitors were able to choreograph the lighting in real time using physical gestures on their mobile devices. Vivid beams of light were projected across a massive scale as the result of small movements on spectators’ phones.

The Making of Unnumbered Sparks

The Technology Behind Unnumbered Sparks

8 thoughts on “Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman March 2014

  1. This is awesome. Thanks for posting this. I am continually delighted and amazed by the content posted here on APJ. Your perfume reviews are wonderful and you find the most amazing eye opening things to share with your readers. Thanks for all the effort you put into this blog. I love it.


    • Tatiana,
      I am all teary. That is really wonderful. Thank You for noticing.
      Thank You too for being part of this great world wide family we have created.
      Thank You.
      Portia xx


      • You have a wicked sense of humor, which I love, and a keen eye for art, design and beauty. I particularly remember a video you posted of a group doing a music number on 4 treadmills and the Hermes in-house creative videos. This one will also be one I will always remember.


  2. Portia thank you so much for sharing this. What a wonderful installation… Looks magical, and the interactive aspect is so clever! Aren’t people amazing….

    xx Tina


  3. thank you for sharing the art!

    perhaps this is a step in showing ourselves and each other we are all brilliant sparks of light. ❤


  4. This is beautiful – thanks for sharing it. I’d love to go see it in person. When it’s not lit, it looks like a giant jellyfish floating in the sky.


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