A DIGITAL SCULPTURE FOR BRITISH AIRWAYS TERMINAL 5 – CLOUD troika
Troika has been commissioned
by Artwise Curators to create a signature piece at the entrance
of the new British Airways luxury lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5.
In response, we created ‘Cloud’, a five meter long digital sculpture
whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be
individually addressed by a computer
to animate the entire skin of the sculpture.
Flip-dots were conventionally used in the 70s
and 80s to create signs in train-stations and airports.
We were fascinated by their materiality,
by the way they physically flip from one side to the other.
The sound they generate is also instantly reminiscent of travel,
and we therefore decided to explore their aesthetic potential in ‘Cloud’.
By audibly flipping between black and silver,
the flip-dots create mesmerising waves
as they chase across the surface of ‘Cloud’.
Reflecting its surrounding colours,
the mechanical mass is transformed
into an organic form that appears to come alive,
shimmering and flirting with the onlookers that pass
by from both above and below.