My initial rendering of the train concept. I imagined puffs of smoke coming out of the plaza, as if an old steam train was chugging along below. This was influenced the concept of giving a city a pulse that grew out of my work on project searchlight
Brian Stacy of ARUP and I setting up the test fog unit at a factory outside LA. Understanding the capabilities of the systems (and pushing them to fit our needs) allowed Studio Echelman to design a piece that captured the imagination of funders, and hopefully the public when it opens in mid 2014.
Finding the right technology and the right experts to build it was my biggest logistical challenge in this project. Getting the 5 foot section of fog with lighting [pictured] that achieved the desired effect felt like a miracle, but was only one small step in the give-and-take we went through to bring this piece to life.
Early sketch I made of likely walking paths across the plaza. Determining the fog-grating layout was a complex balance of functionality, artistic vision, and technical affordances.