A Cape Town False Bay tagged image from photographer – Gord McKenna as published on Flickr.
English Bay Light Show, Vancouver 2010
Image by Gord McKenna
Photo taken from the Burrard Street Bridge during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
From BC Living….
Vectorial Elevation might sound like a lofty physics experiment run by some mad genius, but this large-scale temporary art exhibit that launches on February 4 is part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition.
I hadn’t even heard about Vectorial Elevation – the brainchild of Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – until my neighbours shared their apprehension at having lights beaming into their water-facing living room.
And if anyone every remembers that Seinfeld episode where the neon light from the Kenny Rogers Roasters chicken restaurant sign keeps Kramer up at night, then you’ll know their fears are warranted.
But I digress.
West End condo dwellers needn’t worry about klieg lights turning their sky-high abodes into X-Files fodder. Although the installation is considered to be one of the world’s largest interactive artworks, the 10,000-watt robotic searchlights will actually be beamed skyward from locations in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park and at Sunset Beach, reportedly casting a magical glow that will stretch as far as Richmond and Grouse Mountain.
And unlike the annual fireworks fest, there will be no noise – the installation is silent – smoke, or hoards of people boozing it up on the beaches and leaving their litter behind.
Even better, anyone with an Internet connection can try their hand at creating their own patterns, effectively showcasing their personal lightshow on the world stage.
All you need to do log on to www.vectorialvancouver.net between February 4 and February 28. Creative your own patterns by deciding which angles you want the lights to beam, and setting timing clusters. A personal webpage will be generated for each person that decides to participate.
I’ll be creating my silent showpiece on February 4. Create your personal lightshow and share the link with BCLiving.
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