Architectural Mapping By Obscura Digital

Architectural Mapping By Obscura Digital

I have a significantly large weak-spot for Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Wright’s architecture was and still stands as a magnificent perspective on a utilitarian future that somehow remains organic. I have another weak-spot for architectural mapping. Architectural Mapping is a rather new development due to recent advances in computer software, allowing you to digitally scan a building and shape a video projection around it. In other words, it is one of the largest mediums for a public art installation. The only limits you have are based on the number of projectors and size of the building.

The video you see above is a piece done by the awesome architectural mapping and design firm, Obscura Digital. They have projected videos and photographs onto some of the most famous buildings in the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as one of his last major projects before he died. It was built in 1959, but to this day, being inside it makes you feel like you are in a futuristic space cathedral. It is an amazing building and a perfect canvass for Obscura Digital to team up with Youtube to do a mapping project on.

The piece itself is compiled of some of the most creative videos on youtube, put together for a contest and presented at the museum. It is called Play and ran for one night only.  The videos play on the distinctive facade of the building’s spiral rotunda. Mapping was also used to display the videos on the inside of the rotunda for the presentation.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s space-age organic architecture and Obscura Digital’s architectural mapping make for perfect partners on a collaboration 50 years in the making.


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