Urban life is an outdoor installation where creatures rendered by a game engine interact with people and things in the real world.
The creatures themselves are three-dimensional computer models projected onto the wall by two hidden projectors. The creatures’ behaviour is a consequence of a series of digital sensors tracking motion and sound in the street below. Each night begins with a live performance – a zoologist studying the creatures. The creatures have personalities of their own, responding to the public, as well as to each other.
As the installation progresses the creatures lay what appears to be eggs, although not eggs as we know them…
Children from the adjacent public library are invited to draw what they think the baby creatures might look like.
And when the eggs hatched the children’s pictures come to life.