Inside Ice Project

An ambient data display

Project Description

The artists envisioned a sculpture involving faceted glass forms that create an abstracted impression of glacial ice. The intention is to mimic the cellular nature of frozen water, and to express an environmental kinesis through shifting and changing light. The viewer is invited to experience the art object from a unique perspective, as if they are viewing a floating iceberg from beneath the water’s surface.

Client: Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada

Project Date: 20 April 2018

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Faceted glass panels will give strong visual depth to the object. Light will constantly shift and change as the object is viewed from different positions and as the environment changes, busy and chaotic one moment, quiet the next. This will cause the static object to appear dynamic, with movement and shifting reflections.
Contained within the sculpture will be a real-time ambient data light display.

The ACARS data which the airport uses to communicate arrivals and departures information will be interpreted live. Lighting within the sculpture will be programmed to display in an abstraction of colour and intensity, the events of planes in, planes out; travelers in and travelers out of the airport. As more people and more planes enter and leave the airport, the abstract colour display will grow and intensify.

The Ice will become a live data sculpture reflecting the glacial history of Manitoba while charting in real time the activities of the Winnipeg Airport.

Project: James Richardson International Airport
Location: Winnipeg Manitoba
Designers: Joel Berman, Saleem Khattak, Khalil Jamal, Bruce Logan
Glass Design: clear, etched and mirror
Production: overall dimension 12’ x12’ x12’


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JBGS International photos courtesy Forms+Surfaces.

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