Public art goes digital in Tampa’s new Water Street development – Fox Tampa
A garden of plants and light is one of the first pieces of public art to be installed in Tampa’s new Water Street downtown development. But unlike a painting or a sculpture, it’s designed with LEDs and colorful movements that can change and interact with its surroundings.
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Amid the construction of Tampa’s new Water Street downtown is a garden of plants and light called Three Arcs. It’s one of area’s first pieces of public art, designed with LEDs and colorful movements for people moving into the area.
“They’ll notice it out of the corner of their eye and it will become part of their environment, the same way the garden is, except a little more dynamic,” explained California artist Jim Campbell.
And unlike a painting or a sculpture, it’s not finished. Campbell can continue to create the piece months or even years into the future.
“I’m lucky because I can work with video and computers, it’s programmable,” he explained. “I can change it based on what the activity is.”
As we watched, the scene changed from a soft focus of wispy clouds to bright sunshine through trees.
…What if an overhead footbridge could be art? It can be. Again, lighting and interaction with the surroundings will be a feature of “Halocline Sky,” a piece by London artist Jason Bruges, on the bridge that connects the JW Marriott and Water Street Marriott hotels – both hotels designed by NBWW (Nichols Architects).
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