Koi Walk

New York, NY

As our entry for the NYC LMCC Pub­lic Arts Grants, this project was intended to pos­i­tively trans­form a bar­ren urban con­di­tion. The project site is a small, heav­ily used walk­way in Chi­na­town, next to Pace High School.

The instal­la­tion is com­prised of a series of over­head dig­i­tal pro­jec­tors cast­ing onto this walk­way a video loop of an over­sized, real koi pond. Speak­ers dis­persed along the length of the pro­jec­tion pro­vide accom­pa­ny­ing sounds of splash­ing, swirling water. At either ends of the “pond” are images of a wooden deck that frame this vir­tual nature. More

As the pedes­trian walks through this altered space, he or she in turn becomes part of an ambi­ent space of color, motion and sound. In this space, we were not con­cerned with what is real or sim­u­lated, but what curi­ous real­ity comes from their interaction.