Launch Slideshow

Platform 5, Sunderland Station, England

Platform 5, Sunderland Station, England

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    Concept sketches of the installation.
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    Sketch animation of intent.
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    Concept render montage.
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    Full-size prototype glass brick wall.
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    Filming of local people to create characters.
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    Passengers waiting opposite Platform 5.
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    Close-up of shadowy character.
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    A dynamic backdrop to waiting for the next train.
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    James Medcraft

    Watching and waiting as a train pulls into the station.
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    James Medcraft

    The installation along the full 140 meter length of the platform.
 

The creative use of light and imagery at Sunderland Station transforms the tedium of everyday commuting into an unexpected and interactive moment. A platform and track, no longer used at the station, has been repurposed to create a low-resolution video matrix that displays the movement of people waiting for trains. The sequence of images is synched with the real arrival and departure of a train—the “ghostly” images congregate, embark, and disembark from a train at the same time as the real passengers. Each character has its own personality, drawn from 35 local residents who were filmed and recorded. Their movements were then digitally deconstructed to create the computer animations on the 144-meter-long- by-3-meter-tall light wall. With a pixel pitch of 200 millimeters, commuters recognize these human, yet virtual, images and connect their own commuting experience to the visual display before them. 

Jury Comments: An interesting form of visual communication. • The low-resolution aspect is key in making this an interesting abstraction of a video wall.