The Window Project #2: Mountains in Motion

April 1, 2013

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MOUNTAINS in MOTION: The Window Project juxtaposes staggering, remote mountain landscapes with Atlanta’s urban environment through the use of time-lapse photography. Using nearly 100,000 individual photographs to create motion sequences illuminating through the windows of GSU’s DAEL building, Doug Urquhart explores the mountain landscapes of Iceland, Western Canada, and Hawaii from sea to summit. Time-lapse photographer and co-founder of The UpThink Lab, Urquhart experiments with motion-control camera dollies, custom exposure algorithms, and homemade solar-powered D-SLR cameras to document the seasonal, multi-month time-lapse sequences featured in The Window Project. The visually stunning 15-minute looping installation runs from dusk to dawn, March 1 – 31st, 2013.

The Window Project is a curated outdoor, new media installation space facing the southern end of Woodruff Park from the windows of the Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL). The infrastructure consists of six high definition projectors synchronized to create a rear-projection screen that stands over six feet high and spans over 80 feet in width and can be seen from any vantage point in Atlanta’s central park and from the main pedestrian path of students of Georgia State University.The mission of The Window Project is to create a public art space that engages the community and enhances the Georgia State University campus and downtown Atlanta.

It is especially interesting to have the ability to bring a clearer view of our home galaxy to the bright, light-polluted city streets of Atlanta. Anyone who lives in Atlanta has surely taken a moment to look at the night sky, only to realize that the cities light-pollution hinders the viewing experience. Only a handful of constellations and planets are visible within city limits. Once you have seen the dark night sky from remote locations, one becomes very aware of the light-pollution problem. The installation features detailed astro time-lapse of the the Milky Way’s galactic core as well as offering an Aurora Borealis viewing experience to city dwellers in the south, something that is not common due Atlanta’s latitude.

The GSU Signal writes about the installation here.

The Window Project experience is uniquely constructed from the following projects:

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies


Mauna Lapse: From Sea to Summit




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