Navy Pier Series
Interactive LED games designed for the Chicago Navy Pier's 2022 Light Up the Lake event exhibition
Our project provides participants with an accessible smartphone game that they can play in real time. It is a tribute to the nostalgic roots of video game entertainment and aims to remind everyone of the simple pleasures we had in childhood.
Upon scanning a QR code, players enter a classic memory game in their hands where they test their reflexes in reaction to color prompts. When successful, players' responses advance them through this gamified environment that brings people together through play.
Our custom game is hosted across multiple software platforms and loads on to a internet browser page, requiring no special downloads or applications. This concept was co-developed with a Chicago based arts organization, The Wabash Lights. This game is featured in three of our installations at Chicago Navy Pier's Light Up The Lake event: the Floating Cubes and the Lamp Post.
The Floating Cubes are a pair of 4 foot cubes suspended in the air that serve as both an eloquent lightshow and an interactive display for our reflex memory game.
Each cube consists of over 1,600 addressable LEDs that are housed in laser-cut acrylic panels and supported by a combination of aluminum extrusions and 3D printed corner joints.
When playing, participants react to the color sequences that light up in each of the four quadrants of the cubes. Otherwise, each cube plays a collection of custom-mapped lighting patterns that illuminate the environment and beckon people towards the piece.
The Lamp Post is a 10' tall steel tower that provides the same interactive game as the cubes with a twist: players get to indulge in the ambient lighting cast by the lamp post. While this minimalist alternative may be more hidden for some participants, it offers the reward of discovery for those who want to investigate this color changing environment.
While not in use, this installation also provides custom lighting animations and consists of 4 high intensity DMX Par lights diffused by corrugated plastic panels.