St. Paul’s Lights of Hope is a tradition in Vancouver that has lasted for over fifteen years. Every year, the Foundation raises funds towards patient care and research at St. Paul’s Hospital. In 2011, for example, the Foundation raised 2.27 million dollars!
Our installation allowed the public to stand in front of the display and activate sponsor stars and a variety of shows when they were standing on top of a decal that was applied to the sidewalk.
This interactivity was achieved utilizing a combination of laser sensors, distance motion sensors, and algorithms to compensate for vandalism and equipment malfunctions. The display would continue to operate, even in the case that part of the system was vandalized or otherwise damaged.
The scale of the display, the amount of power required to be controlled, as well as the number of individually controllable objects, were some of the challenges of this project which we overcame and provided innovative solutions for.
Photo Credit – Joffrey Middleton-Hope