Star Gods Moon Rabbits
2018 2 x 5m LED screen, realtime computer simulations.
This installation re-establishes relationships between people, cities, art and life in a modern ritual. Gibson/Martelli take the rich concept of the ancient dramatic art of face-changing to create giant faces with multiple layers and personalities, a homage to Sichuan Bianlian mask opera. Colourful facial patterns of myth, symbol and ceremony light up the cultural corridor of Chengdu in a vibrant array of dazzling hues. The hybrid characters connect audiences, stirring expression through their own performance, folklore and mystery.
A custom machine learning system was created in order to detect park visitors so that the giant faces can watch them throughout the day and evening.
Concept Design: Gibson / Martelli
Assisted by Tom Chambers from RandomQuark.
David Surman and Ian Gouldstone.
Special Thanks to Caspar Sawyer, Marco Gillies.
Commissioned by HereYourArt for LightUpBashu