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.
Award: Creative Use of Light for Public Engagement
Project: Platform 5, Sunderland Station, England
Entrant: Jason Bruges Studio
Jury Comments: An interesting form of visual communication. •The low-resolution aspect is key in making this an interesting abstraction of a video wall.