A class of students at Kent State spent a semester coming up with ideas to help use art to make Kent’s downtown more of a destination. They came up with a number of ideas but one of my favorites was using projection art on some of our downtown buildings. One of their favorite buildings to use was the grain tower — it’s white like a screen, it’s visible from just about everywhere and it’s an iconic part of Kent’s skyline.
It turns out that projection art is used in a lot of bigger cities. The concept is pretty simple — buy a projector and display art on buildings. They showed me pictures of an art museum that projected Mona Lisa and other famous portraits in the windows of the building at night. It looked like they were looking out the window at you — very cool.
What’s nice is, it’s mobile, it allows rotating artwork and with today’s technology the quality can be very good at a reasonably low price. Here’s a few prototypes: