'thermally speaking' light installation changes colors according to visitors' body heat

'thermally speaking' light installation changes colors according to visitors' body heat

designed by leuwebb projects, ‘thermally speaking’ is a light installation that translates visitors’ body heat into a shifting curtain of light and color. the project uses thermography and infrared measuring instruments to reveal body energy in three-dimensional space through experiential illumination. the responsive installation transformed toronto’s fort york visitor center for ‘nuit blanche 2019’, providing a glimpse into a future of body temperature readings, creative data visualization and surveillance fields.

thermally speaking light installation changes colors according to visitors' body heatall images by doublespace photography

 

 

together with mulvey & banani lighting, leuwebb projects created the ‘thermally speaking’ light installation as a way to reveal visitors’ body heat in three-dimensional space through experiential illumination. placed at toronto’s fort york visitor center, the public art project invited audiences to move through, over and around the ramp of the visitor center both as observers and subjects of observation, participants in dialogue with the phenomena around them.'thermally speaking' light installation changes colors according to visitors' body heat

 

 

the light installation uses thermography and infrared measuring instruments to uncover the different body temperatures of those passing by it. thermal imaging cameras relayed and translated the heat energy of visitors into a shifting curtain of light, animating the channel glass façades of the existing building.

the light installation is placed on toronto’s fort york visitor centercolors change according to visitors' body heat in thermally speaking light installation'thermally speaking' close up'thermally speaking' light installation changes colors according to visitors' body heat'thermally speaking' light installation changes colors according to visitors' body heatred-hued gradient at thermally speaking light installation

'thermally speaking' light installation changes colors according to visitors' body heat

thermally speaking light installation'thermally speaking' light installation creates a rainbow of colors

 

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: thermally speaking

artist/designer: leuwebb projects with mulvey & banani lighting inc.

location: toronto, ontario, canada

client: city of toronto, nuit blanche

project manager: stephen kaye (mulvey & banani lighting inc.)

design team: christine leu, alan webb (leuwebb projects)

collaborators engineers: paul boken, sepideh nabaee, citylightsto

lighting designer: mulvey & banani lighting inc.

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