Murmur Wall | Public Art at YBCA

Have you seen the MurMur Wall in front of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts? It's a piece of data driven public art that culls phrases from what's being discussed on internet search engines and social media. It then broadcasts these phrases onto the LED screen. Visitors to the wall can also send secret 'whispers' via the murmurwall.net website that after a few seconds get broadcast onto the pod's LED screen (see photo below). Once the real-time 'whispers' reach the pods, the data is displayed across the screen and continues on as a stream of light through the acrylic tubes.

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This week, I made a trip - in the rain, hence the grey skies - down to YBCA to see the piece up close. The Murmur Wall is made with metal, fiber optic rods, acrylic tubes and these amazing 3D pods that contain the LED screen where you can view your tweeted whispers . The piece is best seen at night. This site specific installation is by Future Cities Lab, an experimental design studio, workshop and architectural think tank founded by Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno. 

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For some time, especially since completing the full stack web development immersive at General Assembly, I've been looking at how I can integrate my architecture and urban planning background with technology in a creative way. I'm particularly interested in projective mapping on buildings and in retail environments and interactive installations in public spaces.