ivan toth depena: reflection installation at miami government center ivan toth depena: reflection installation at miami government center
nov 28, 2011

ivan toth depena: reflection installation at miami government center

‘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.

preview video of ‘reflection’

‘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

detail view

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)

floorplan render

render of installation view from north

render of installation view from south

concept sketches

  • Civic spaces need more projects like this. Amazing, beautiful project!

    Anonymous says:
  • Very nice, colourful and interactive. I would love to walk through there.

    Andrea says:
  • Outstanding installation. Congratulations, Ivan!

    Steven Biller says:

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