The artistic process and concept is not reliant on the display; however how things are displayed plays an important part of the impression and overall context of the work.
The idea of making a globe has been part of my idea for this work for about four years (2002 -2006) as is the concept of placing the live data inside the city space and making something sculptural with it.
This is a very costly projector which is being hired for inside the globe which and its being specially made for this project. The display is durable, weatherproof and can also be suspended. It is untested how the display behaves outside use in very bright sun and the next version will use technology specifically to address this issue. Testing is due to happen from August and into September).
The lighting conditions in the park in winter will be sufficiently low (because of the angle of the sun or even cloud cover) for the images to be clear. To aid the clarity of the image in the park one might include a cover to shield the globe under the trees, (which may well be fine in the winter anyway), or to find an indoor venue the arcade or maybe the car park. (Mentioned above) where there will be no problem whatsoever.
The display meets all health and safety standards and a health and safety certificate is currently pending.
Custom Software is developed in director shockwave and pulls images from the sourced CCTV cameras. The data is collected sorted on a MySql database. Stored images created my online users are referred from a PHP page.
Online works timescapes, carves light sculpture out of the images based over time. This example above shows the images taken off three cameras (in London) over ten minutes as a test example. Note it can be set to take the full images or build images from one minute fragments over a day.
The main software collects these images and then presents them to the display, ie the installation. An algorithm creates movement at the images come in. Time scripts add variance to the way the images load and a series of functions add more creative variability. These functions act to buffer the image to ram hold them in ram and merge images together within shockwave.
The use and engagement of the public to set up cameras and the engagement of public to use my software, to almost paint with light from these cctv images and then represent it back in space, is a fantastic realization of public engagement over networks to create social art. The work pushes the boundaries of current research with public audiences, online audiences and urban displays.
The essence of live space and people painting with the light of the city; this is embedded in the work. I have software structures in place, a database to hold images and various front end technologies to manipulate images. I have also recently developed a new piece of software that allows users to choose bits of images from one or all cameras and make there own lightscape from the city and all the gets stored and saved and the results can be morphed into the final results on the screen.
It you want to commission this as a public artwork it can also be shown like this below.