Art imitates life in surprising ways. For Miami residents hurrying through the lobby of the city’s 1985 Stephen P. Clark Government Center lobby, Reflect, a permanent, interactive installation by artist Ivan Toth Depeña, does it by capturing their movements in real time, and transforming them into dynamic video paintings that illuminate the building’s columns with vivid moving pixels.
A busy commuter hub, the 3,500-square-foot lobby is adjacent to city bus and train depots and sits under a 28-story civic office tower. Depeña was commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places to create a work that would engage the community using new media. The artist—a graduate of Harvard’s GSD—sought to minimize the footprint of his intervention as much as possible. “The existing [Modernist] structure is already quite massive,” says Depeña. “Adding to that weight seemed to be the wrong direction to take.” Instead, his concept manifests lightness, translucency and color, using surfaces already in place.