Lightcloud

Lightcloud translate sounds from the highway underpass into 9 unique formations of dynamically patterned light. Slowly changing ambient effects are triggered by the sound of passing people, cyclists and cars from the two neighborhoods and I-880 above. Lightcloud animates the underpass with variable intensities of computer-controlled LED illumination and creates a meditative, interactive and playful experience for pedestrians. We believe that a walk through an underpass could be as extraordinary as visiting a botanical garden, art museum, or cathedral. It is a first step towards weaving the neighborhood together. Similar to the dancing motion of a Chinese celebration dragon, waves of light oscillate through Lightcloud. The quality and placement of lighting elements will enhance safety and comfort. Ambient light levels can also be increased during the evening and will enhance the overall ambiance of the area to ensure visibility of pedestrians by motorists.

Location: Oakland, CA

Date: Present

Designers: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno

Team: Nat Abbott, Joel Frank, Jeff Maeshiro, Brian McKinney, Emily Saunders

Consultants: Helene Fried Associates in cooperation with Community Design + Architecture CD+A, Oakland

Key Stakeholders: Carmel Partners, City of Oakland / PAAC, Caltrans; Jack London, Chinatown