If you were in downtown Durham any time during Moogfest last month, you may have passed by a giant tent sheltering an assortment of LED rods.
June 6, 2016
Brooklyn Art & Design Collective Brings RTP to Life in LED Lights
A Moogfest installation called “Convergence” will live on at The Frontier, representing the vision for the new Research Triangle Park.
Even though it was officially part of the festival, the neon display had no barriers to entry for the curious passerby, with or without a wristband. Visitors could touch the sculpture and trigger colored light patterns to explode toward the rods’ apex and, when multiple people interacted with the sculpture at once, the colors would merge into a sort of dancing animation. There was also a location-based Snapchat filter that appeared when visitors stood in front of the piece.
Floating Point’s artists were inspired by the RTP foundation’s every day work—combining corporate, nonprofit and university innovation and fusing together fields like biotechnology, the humanities, IT and health sciences on one sprawling research campus.
But Convergence was influenced specifically by the interactions and density RTP aims to bring with its new Park Center project, a mixed use development that creates a 24/7 community at the Park for the first time in its decades-long history.
A microcosm of that is The Frontier, RTP’s testing ground before construction begins at Park Center. The space opened last year to kick off Park Center and has been a place where the Park experiments with new leasing arrangements (including its free coworking space), event strategies and community building activities.
The Frontier is also the Convergence installation’s new home.
Now located in the building’s atrium indefinitely, the piece will live on as a symbol of the very activity that produced it—human collaboration.