One of the most recognizable buildings in Downtown Los Angeles—the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall—will be used as a canvas starting this Friday, but creators have already done a few test runs.
To celebrate the start of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new season, colorful patterns will be projected onto the metallic surface of the wavy concert hall for a little more than a week, courtesy of artist Refik Anadol. The piece is called “WDCH Dreams.”
Forty-two high-powered projectors will work together to create the images that will temporarily transform the concert hall’s iconic exterior nightly from September 28 to October 6. “WDCH Dreams” will have a performance every half-hour from at 7:30pm until the last showing at 11:30pm. Each performances lasts 12 minutes.
It might not look like it, but the patterns come from the LA Phil’s archives.
Anadol took images, audio, and videos from the philharmonic’s archive and transformed the material into data points that he then reinterpreted as colorful and dynamic patterns using the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts and Culture, which crunches the information into data points that then become new material for the artist.
While designing the concert hall, Gehry had imagined that LA Phil concerts would be projected live onto the building’s metallic exterior, giving Angelenos inside the concert hall and outside the chance to see the philharmonic play.
Anadol has created similar “data sculptures” for the interior of the Disney concert hall in recent years; Anadol also has a piece created with artist Susan Narduli installed at the Metropolis development in South Park.