This footage was captured using a mobile device as a test for a series of augmented reality experiences. In this case, the AR layer is interacting with a site-specific sculpture at the Northeast Regional Library in Aventura, Florida. The mobile app will use real time wind data to help visualize a permanent, virtual layer at this site.
This project marks the first stage in a city-wide, multimedia, public art experience that is using augmented reality as one of its core viewing mechanisms. The project was conceived by Ivan Toth Depeña and is sponsored by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and the The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
“Arc,” a new, permanent public art installation by artist Ivan Toth Depeña will be unveiled in the summer of 2015 at the Northeast Regional Library in Aventura, Florida.
Commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, with assistance from the City of Aventura, “Arc” uses geographically specific wind data to create a sculpture that reinterprets the natural force that destroyed the original library on the same site.
The data (speed, time, and direction) was retrieved from NOAA for the duration of Hurricane Wilma's landfall in 2005. This data was used directly to generate the sculpture’s linear, three dimensional form. In addition, wind sensors (anemometers) will activate the lighting at night and give life to an otherwise invisible force of nature.
I took the historical data about the very same force that destroyed the building and using it to generate a new sculptural form on the site. After visiting the site, I returned to the studio and began looking up data on Hurricane Wilma. After rigorous data collection, I took the wind speed, direction and duration (from lowest to highest on the date of Florida landfall and time of occurrence) and started to sketch the groundwork for the design of the final sculpture.
I wanted to use the natural element of wind/air to generate a new 'life' on the site and turn the focus towards the more positive side of this process, which includes complete rejuvenation.
Artist: Ivan Toth Depeña
Commissioning Agency: Miami-Dade Art in Public Places
Additional Support (Augmented Reality): The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Augmented Reality Mobile App Development: Dylan Romer