Made by mluong, hanyuan1, Shan Wang and szhen

Created: October 8th, 2018

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Streamline is a LED light installation occupying the central atrium of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Understanding the unique hub that Pittsburgh is for technology and art, our installation bridges these elements via a light animation that welcomes visitors as they enter and leave the airport. The installation hangs from the ceiling of the terminal and visualizes the flow and topography of Pittsburgh's three iconic rivers. The gentle, but still dynamic, nature of flowing water acts as a calming influence on passengers and guests.

Streamline LED Light Display
(2018) -
Prototype 1
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Bridging the Digital & Physical

The installation is comprised of two main parts: the generative light-work and its physical housing. 

The light animation we've developed is suggestive of Pittsburgh's three rivers, a trait very identifiable to the city. Our color palette of deep blue, pale white, and pink promote a calming presence while also harmonizing with the terminal's existing blue, white and red interior. The pace of our animation is slow and steady with peak points of change in color and motion to build upon the rather irregularness of a river's flow. 

Our installation's physical housing is located between the terminal's two main trusses. It consists of rows of thin individual housing for every strand of our addressable LEDs. While their lengths remain consistent, the change in their heights, among and throughout each house, accumulate to an abstract, representative display of the three river's topography When a visitor looks up from underneath they are reminded of one of Pittsburgh's most unique physical landmarks. The vertical alignment of these "light beams" follow the orientation of the terminal's steel decking.


A Visitor's Experience

We realize that the airport can be a rather stressful place, so our goal is to present a dynamic but ambient light installation for travelers. Upon entering the terminal, visitors can look up and find a calming animation of light that moves as they pass through. It will act a relaxing point on their journey to their next destination. It will also act as a gentle reminder of the city they are about to enter or will be leaving.

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