Lovejoy Fountain Activation

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Sound, Light, Interactive Installation / Lovejoy Fountain Activation by Second Story in Portland, Oregon, United States

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Design By
Second Story
Client
SEGD
Completed Year
2014
Public
Yes
City
Portland
Country
United States

An interactive light and sound installation at Portland's Lovejoy Fountain invited people to become performers.

For Design Week Portland, SEGD invited Second Story to participate in their event entitled ''Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experience Halprin's Fountains.'' Almost 50 years after the fountains were created, this event aimed to reactivate them through the use of typography, color, form, light, sound, and technology.

Nestled between commercial and residential spaces in downtown Portland, Lawrence Halprin's Open Spaces Sequence is regarded as one of the most important pieces of late 20th century public art in the US. Our goal was to stay true to Halprin's original intent of creating a civic space choreographed for movement and performance while highlighting the late Modernist aesthetic of the fountain.

Using the fountain as the armature, we created a luminescent string sculpture that extended the radiating geometry of the fountain and created a stage for interaction. A console at the foot of the fountain invited visitors to highlight the natural beauty of Halprin's architecture with focused beams of light, resulting in a continuously evolving interplay of color, shadow, and structure. A sparse, textural soundscape accompanied the interaction and shifted in and out of focus in response to the changing light environment.

Images courtesy of Second Story.

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Lovejoy Fountain Activation by Second Story in Portland, Oregon, United States
Lovejoy Fountain Activation by Second Story in Portland, Oregon, United States
Lovejoy Fountain Activation by Second Story in Portland, Oregon, United States
Lovejoy Fountain Activation by Second Story in Portland, Oregon, United States
Lovejoy Fountain Activation by Second Story in Portland, Oregon, United States

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Location

Venue
Lovejoy Fountain
Address
1990 SW 4th Ave
City
Portland
Province / State
OR
Country
United States
Postal Code / Zip
OR 97201
Longitude
-122.68
Latitude
45.51

Get There

Closest transit station SW 4th & Hall (12, 43, 44) next to Portland State University.

Visitor Information

The installation was on display for a limited time, however Lawrence Halprin's Lovejoy Fountain can still be visited. 24/7, free of charge.

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