The project at once engages individual interactively and at the same time actively mirrors the unengaged pedestrian activity as a whole. This façade fosters direct interaction between an architectural – scale installation and pedestrian activity on the street.
The 160’ long band of responsive “whiskers” that will wrap around the building in the heart of Manhattan allows pedestrians to walk up and interact with the installation. The bars move in wave-like rhythm driven by sensors mounted beneath each row that monitor the presence of a moving person. If motion is detected, the poles gradually point towards the target creating a ripple through the field. Each element moves in a simple fashion but together more complex patterns evolve