This project is currently in the planning phase and installation is contingent upon receiving approval from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
This project re-imagines the Ballston subway entrance as an interactive environment that echoes the transits of its visitors. The work aims to explore the connection of commuters to each other and tries to expose the hidden rhythms of this location.
The installation will take note of the residents, commuters and visitors that form the backbone of this vibrant area and turn their activity into a contribution to a fluid composition of colors on the metro station canopy. As such, the canopy functions as a landmark that visualizes the dynamic nature of the metro station and the Ballston area as a whole. At the same time it provides an engaging distraction from the daily routines of its audience.
On a practical level the existing repetitive skylight elements on the space-frame will be adapted to be individually lit by controllable spotlights. This will allow for the augmentation of the entire canopy with a contemporary layer of dynamic light, bringing it to life. Additionally, a grid of sensors will pick up the activity of the people moving in and out of the Ballston station making the pedestrians active participants in the work.
The public is given a dual influence on the work. They are reflected directly while passing by, creating a type of temporal interactivity. At the same time the work will construct a more permanent connection with its audience, based on the accumulated input of many people over a longer period of time. As such the artwork’s behavior will be the direct result of its relation with the Ballston community, who is both audience and inspiration.