‘reflection’ by ivan toth depeña, on permanent installation at miami’s stephen p. clark government center lobby
visitor movement creates a abstracted flow of colour and light in ‘reflection’, an interactive light installation by american
artist ivan toth depeña (founder of airboat studio), designed for miami’s stephen clark government center lobby.
constantly transforming, the piece takes as input not only the activity of current visitors but also the memory of past
engagements, as well as environmental conditions.
the project consists of six large LED light boxes interspersed throughout the lobby space. infrared cameras capture
visitor activity, abstracting the image and displaying it in real-time as a burst of coloured pixels on nearby light panels,
reflecting the user’s activity. the displays also alter in hue based on the time of day and the number of visitors present
at any given moment.
the software driving the installation keeps a record of past user visits, adding a sense of dynamism even when the lobby
is empty. in addition, several columns look outdoors onto a public plaza, engaging with activity outdoors and blurring the
boundary lines of space.
‘reflection’ was commissioned by the miami-dade art in public places initiative, funded by the revenue of the city’s
west lot parking garage. located on miami’s metrorail line, the government center lobby serves as a commuter hub
in addition to the headquarters of many government offices.
‘reflection’, view from north
view of active panels from southwest
active column to southwest
installation view from west
view from southwest
southern column without user input
northern column ‘reciting’ user input from ‘memory’
views of northern column, without input (left) and active (right)
render of installation view from north
render of installation view from south