This art installation will transform the pedestrian skywalk over Ninth Street, just east of Welburn Square, into an artistic interpretation of a nerve signal traveling along the axon of a neuron.
The interior of the walkway will become illuminated with bands of LED lights. When a person walks through the skywalk he or she will trigger a sensor causing a band to light up. As the person moves along the walkway the band will turn off and on in a cascading pattern, with only one band lit per person at any given time. In addition, a soft bell sound will be triggered and reverberate for a few seconds each time a person passes through the walkway. The notes played will change with every additional person in the walkway thus creating a symphony of color and sound.
This interactive art piece will encourage each of us to imagine ourselves as part of a larger neural network — the network of ideas and innovation that Ballston is known for — and will engage everyone who walks through the skywalk in a playful and scientific way.