Projecting Pedestrians in Trafalgar Square

Huge Video Installation Was the Latest Public Art to Come to London

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Art in public spaces has always been pretty popular in London. A few years ago we had the Sultan's Elephant, an enormous mechanical elephant that stomped around the Mall. This year we had thousands of videos being projected in people's shadows in Trafalgar Square.

Starting after dark, images of people looking up were projected inside pedestrians' shadows. The images are of volunteers -- recorded in six U.K. cities -- and appear to be looking straight at the person walking.

It's all very simple, but very engaging and good fun. Beside being a very popular public space, Trafalgar Square is also where the National Gallery is, and it's quite interesting to see an art installation happening in front of it led by open-source technology.

The artist's site has a lot of other interesting interactive art projects. Here are a few videos on YouTube showing how the whole thing worked.

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