Concept, Projection, Adventure

LIGHT CAPSULES

Reviving a fading era.

A series of ghost sign projections in locations all around the world.

In a world overflowing with new technologies, we tend to push ahead without looking back.

 

A traveling series of projection mapping light installations reanimate historical ghost signage, engaging communities in the beauty that surrounds them, hidden in plain sight.

Light Capsules takes place across the world, sharing hidden ghostsigns by researching historical elements to explore the story of the business behind it, or the sign painters involved. Alongside resources like Dr. Ken Jones' collection of over 7000+ ghost signs, and legendary sign painters like John Downer, Mike Meyer to inform and critique my process, the work of the past is revived with 

The best signage candidates are typically very worn— and even better yet— contain multiple layers (known as palimpsests), as a compelling canvas to revive digital recreations of different layers in time.

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. You can read more about the overall project, and the creative residency on this article on Create Magazine, as well as this in-depth post on the process behind making the Astoria, Oregon installation.

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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Upcoming Light Capsules.

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Previous Light Capsules.

018 — Dillen Rogers

StormBreaker Brewing, Portland, OR

017 — Jacobs & Gile

1244 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR

016 — Overland Cars

724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR

015 — Roy Burnett Motors

726 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR

014 — Hotel Philip

10 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR

013 — Detroit, MI + Miss Van

1301 Maple St, Detroit, MI 48207
Augmenting Miss Van's 2015 piece for Murals in the Market.

009 — Barlow & Roberts

33 Redcross Way, London UK

008 — Take Courage

19 Park St, London UK
Building constructed 1807, Courage Beer sign painted post-1955.

007 — Portland Co.

100 Fore St
Iconic sign of the Portland, ME waterfront, building set for potential demolition.

006 — Portland, ME

320 Fore St. Built in 1833
Survived the Great Fire of 1866. Williams Bros. Co. 1930

005 — Cincinnati, OH

118 East 9th Street
The last remaining sign of Chuck Keiger, Special thanks Ronny Salerno, and the American Sign Museum.

004 — Astoria, OR

904 Commercial St. Built 1924
Astoria Sign Co., Carl Laine & Sons Tailors, Nyman-Judge Inc. Buster Brown Shoes, Ahrens Grocery

003 — Portland, OR

1204 SE Water Ave
Jacobs & Gile Steel Jobbers.

002 — Joseph, OR

101 W McCully Ave
Shell Oil Company.

001 — Burlington, VT

47 Maple St. Built 1919
Public Service Paper Co.

013 — Detroit, MI + Miss Van

1301 Maple St, Detroit, MI 48207
Augmenting Miss Van's 2015 piece for Murals in the Market.

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LDF Intermission — 'Worldwide' Party

The Distillery Bar, 2-8 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0UG, UK

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008 — Take Courage

19 Park St, London UK
Building constructed 1807, Courage Beer sign painted post-1955.

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007 — The Portland Company

100 Fore St
Iconic sign of the Portland, ME waterfront, building set for potential demolition.

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006 — Portland, ME

320 Fore St
Building constructed 1833. Survived the Great Fire of 1866. Williams Bros. Co. 1930

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005 — Cincinnati, OH

118 East 9th Street
The last remaining sign of Chuck Keiger, Special thanks Ronny Salerno, and the American Sign Museum.

004 — Astoria, OR

904 Commercial St. Built 1924
Astoria Sign Co., Carl Laine & Sons Tailors, Nyman-Judge Inc. Buster Brown Shoes, Ahrens Grocery

003 — Portland, OR

1204 SE Water Ave
Jacobs & Gile Steel Jobbers.

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002 — Joseph, OR

101 W McCully Ave
Shell Oil Company.

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001 — Burlington, Vermont

47 Maple St. Built 1919
Public Service Paper Co.

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