In 2007 I was commissioned to produce an ambient responsive outdoor installation on the Monument by Julian Harrap Architects. This work was produced in collaboration with Sandbox at the University of Central Lancashire with funding from the City of London Corporation. The installation, which was operational between Feb 2007 and Aug 2011, provided a live stream of continually modified time-lapse images 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and could be accessed via a dedicated web site. The web site also made available a continuously updated series of still images of the panorama from the top of the Monument, as well as providing background information about the project. The panoramic images were digitally unfolded from the circular images that were produced by the camera/lens system at the heart of the installation.
A computer controlled digital camera provided a 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the Monument. Changes to the image display were facilitated by a dedicated computer system with interfaces and software that modified the image in response to changes in the ambient conditions of the surrounding environment, specifically wind velocity and direction, average temperature and barometric pressure. This data was used to modify the live image stream from the camera in a number of different ways relating to the changes in the weather, so for example the speed of the image stream related to the wind speed, and the rotation of the image related to the wind direction. Ambient temperature modified the colour of the image, whilst changes in the pressure modified the image contrast. The resulting images, which were designed to be presented on a dedicated outdoor screen adjacent to the Monument, provided a dynamic visual record of the surrounding environment of the Monument in the heart of the City of London.
Although the project is now completed and the live image is longer being produced, some examples of images and time-lapse sequences produced by the installation can be seen on the City of London’s Monument web site at: http://www.themonument.info/views/
All images are the copyright of the artist and cannot be used "in any way" without their expressed consent.