Our environments are pulsating with invisible datastreams. These forces – mostly hidden to the naked eye – are nonetheless a critical defining feature of our epoch. The Lightlines artwork translates publicly accessible data into dynamic streams of colored light and sound. Real-time information is continuously rendered into a woven, networked composition of bits and atoms. Visible day and night, these datastreams animate the public pedestrian zone with variable intensities of illumination, creating a meditative, surprising and interactive experience. Digitally crafted by artist and engineers working in close collaboration, the artwork fuses sophisticated design and fabrication techniques with advanced material science. The result is a one-of-a-kind artwork that is cutting-edge, interactive and fun to explore for a range of visitors.

Date: 2018
Location: Mountain View, California
Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
Team: Natalie Abbott, Joel Frank, Brian McKinney, Carlos Sabogal, Emily Saunders
Award: Semi-finalist, Google Charleston East Plaza competition