A series of ghost sign projections shine a light on history, all around the world.
In a world overflowing with new technologies, we tend to push ahead without looking back.
Light Capsules is a series of project mapping, light installations around the world that reanimates historical ghost signage and engages the communities around these forgotten artifacts.
Each Light Capsule involves research into the history of the signage, exploring the story of the business or the painter behind it. Dr. Ken Jones’ collection of more than 7,000 signs has proved a valuable resource in discovery. Legendary sign painters like John Downer and Mike Meyer have provided insight into the methods and process of sign painters through history.
There’s an extra element of excitement in signs that are incredibly worn or have multiple layers—these signs, called palimpsets, provide compelling canvases that digital recreations and animation can bring back to life in a way traditional mediums can't—we can explore the stories of every layer, seeing how a building changed throughout the years. The medium of light is ephemeral and non-invasive.
Each wall is photographed, stitched in Photoshop, vectorized in Illustrator, animated in After Effects, and then projection mapped back onto the original wall with MadMapper.
The next step for light capsules involves augmented reality, a series of prints, and opening the project up for others to contribute.
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Adobe Create #2
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Upcoming Light Capsules.
Previous Light Capsules.