Digital Sculpture, Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester
The sculpture is a permanent public artwork. It is a digital lantern and a canvas for creative moving image comprised of seven tall video totems lit up with interactive animation, specially commissioned artworks and imagery for one-off public events. The totems align to display images that are momentarily visible from the lanes that converge on St Peters Square. Up-close the images are fragmented and abstract.
The sculpture’s first specially commissioned artwork is a portrait of the people of Leicester. 160 people were photographed at the city’s Curve Theatre. The portraits, visible from three viewpoints, appear as giant moving statues. At other times the sculpture’s ambient animation responds in realtime to local weather conditions, the proximity of passers-by and transforms for cultural events in the calendar.
The sculpture was commissioned by Hammerson and was a collaboration with Levitate Architecture and Design Studio. It was fabricated and installed by ADI-TV. The portraits were filmed by photographer Leon Chew at Leicester's Curve Theatre. The ambient animation was a collaboration with The Workers