“Lightweave,” a responsive lighting display designed by San Francisco-based design studio Futureforms, is the NoMa Parks Foundation’s latest installation in the neighborhood and part of a $50 million grant.
The display consists of six formations of cloud-like, lattice LED tubes suspended below the ceiling of the underpass between First and Second streets NE. With three formations on either side of the underpass, the tubes react to ambient noise, such as trains passing on the tracks above or cars driving along L Street NE.
At rest, the lights have a yellowish hue. But they take on darker tints in response to noise, moving through the space in a wave-like motion. “It’s a little bit like improv,” explains Jason Kelly Johnson, co-founder and design principle at Futureforms (previously known as Future Cities Lab). “It’s not always the same, it’s dynamically changing.” – Read More
The Lightweave in NoMa Underpass is a project that uses Vivid S 270 RGB.
LOCATION: L-Street Underpass, between 1st and 2nd Streets, Washington, DC.
Design: Future Cities Lab, San Francisco – Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno
Team: Jason Kelly Johnson, Nataly Gattegno, Jeff Maeshiro, Joel Frank, Emily Saunders, Natalie Abbott, Carlos Sabogal, Laura Dell’Anno, Brian McKinney; Assistants during concept design: Ripon DeLeon, Fernando Amenedo, Ji Ahn, Colin Schupman
Fabrication: MACHINIC Digital Fabrication & Consulting, San Francisco
Collaborators: MC Dean (Electrical Engineer and GC); ENDRE Studio (Structural Engineer); Maramoja, NL (Electronics Integration).
Commissioned by: NoMa Parks Foundation
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