Visual Voyage

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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In this installation, the direction of the sun is not east to west. The light is controlled by viewers sending a text with the word EAST or WEST, causing the sun, represented by moving light, to travel through each of the 24 international time zones featured on the map. Viewers can move the sun to the end of the map and across the international date line. Once the sun passes this line, a “light show” of patterns and effects cross the entire installation

.The sun effect is achieved with LED backlighting, focusing a “hot spot” of light along the sun path line, casting light up and down the wall behind the perforated panels.  The LED backlighting is comprised of 24 zones of light, suggesting the time zone that delineates a section along the north-south axis of the globe.

While it is possible to select a lighting option that displays a full palette of colors, the installation concept currently features white lights, programmed to dim and grow brighter while  turning on and off in a specific array and pattern.

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Visual Voyage is an interactive light wall that features a stylized map that circles the equator. Triggered light bars mimic the sun’s path as it travels along its axis. The wall is backlit with a controllable LED lighting system that is programmed with colorful animations that dance across the map. Passengers waiting to embark on a cruise can connect via smart phone to interact with the moving lights.

The permanent installation is located inside the Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 25, which is the homeport for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines new ship Celebrity Edge. The artwork stretches across two large sections of wall in the cruise terminal check-in hall, covering 335 feet with 12 foot tall panels and a faux painted bump-out connecting the two walls.

This concept is intended to be materially rich and exquisite in scale and impact; a contemporary and fresh visual abstraction of the familiar patterns of Earth.

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This public artwork was commissioned by the Broward Cultural Division Public Art & Design program.  Peg Buchan, Assistant Director of Port Everglades, said the Studio HHH proposal stood above the competition for its “youthful generational appeal” that relates to travel and prompts visitor participation.

Guests can participate from any area of the check-in hall, lounge chairs, bar seating, or while standing in line. This “gamification” of the sun’s path encourages visitors to play, interact, and work together while inspiring passengers to connect with others before boarding the ship.

When the Interactive Light Wall receives no text message input, the installation goes into “dormant state” in which the light moves slowly from east to west, transitioning between each of the 24 time zones every 7 seconds and crossing the entire length of the two walls within 3 minutes.

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