If you like your public art with a dash of neon and a sci-fi aesthetic, then you’ll like what multimedia designers LuftWerk have done to Anish Kapoor‘s Cloud Gate sculpture (nicknamed The Bean), which resides in Chicago’s Millennium Park. This shiny alien bean consists of 168 stainless steel plates that gleam out at the citizens of the Windy City. It looks like the sort of structure that, if you prod it, will make some hydraulic hisses before opening up and firing plasma bolts onto fleeing humans.
That being the case, it’s the perfect canvas for LuftWerk to project a light and sound installation, which they’ve called Luminous Field, turning this Cloud Gate into a visual effect from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The neon geometric forms and colored grids were created using 10 projectors that were used to generate the visual feast, set to music by Owen Clayton Condon of Third Coast Percussion.
Because of the highly polished, liquid mercury appearance of the sculpture, the light show turns it into something that looks like a star gate to another dimension.