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 projection mapped light installations around the world that reanimate historical ghost signage and engage local communities around these forgotten artifacts.
There’s an extra element of excitement in signs that are incredibly worn or have multiple layers—The best ghostsigns candidates to become Light Capsules have multiple layers, called palimpsests, providing a compelling canvas which digital recreations can bring a focus to specific layer in time. Projection is ephemeral, non-damaging, and non-invasive, providing a strong preservation solution that traditional mediums can't provide. Using light as a medium, we can visually explore the stories of every layer, seeing how a building changed throughout the years.
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.
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.
The Atlantic — CityLab
Adobe Create #3
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Adobe Create #1
KGW Portland Live Video
Adobe Create #2
It's Nice That
AIGA Eye on Design
British Council: LDF Top Pick
Working Not Working Blog
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