Lovejoy Fountain Activation
LocationLovejoy Fountain, Portland, OR
An interactive light and sound installation at Portland’s Lovejoy Fountain invited people to become performers.
For Design Week Portland, SEGD invited Second Story to participate in their event entitled Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experience Halprin’s Fountains. Almost 50 years after the fountains were created, this event aimed to reactivate them through the use of typography, color, form, light, sound, and technology.
Nestled between commercial and residential spaces in downtown Portland, Lawrence Halprin’s Open Spaces Sequence is regarded as one of the most important pieces of late 20th century public art in the US. Our goal was to stay true to Halprin’s original intent of creating a civic space choreographed for movement and performance while highlighting the late Modernist aesthetic of the fountain.
Using the fountain as the armature, we created a luminescent string sculpture that extended the radiating geometry of the fountain and created a stage for interaction. A console at the foot of the fountain invited visitors to highlight the natural beauty of Halprin’s architecture with focused beams of light, resulting in a continuously evolving interplay of color, shadow, and structure. A sparse, textural soundscape accompanied the interaction and shifted in and out of focus in response to the changing light environment.
Press & AwardsSEGD Global Design Awards, Merit Award, The Intersection of Design and Public Engagement, June 2016
The power of this project was its ability to shine light on one of the most unknown, yet most iconic public spaces in Portland. It is diverse, playful, experiential, lean and spurred movement through the route of Halprin’s stunning work of art.Communicator Awards, Gold Award of Excellence, Interactive Multimedia: Other, May 2016Part of SapientRazorfish /© 2017 Second Story, Inc.