place: Metropolis Towers Downtown Los Angeles
2018 Public Art Year in Review
Americans for the Arts
Best Public Art of 2017
Image by StandardVision, LLC
ConvergenceLA is a media installation on the façade of the Metropolis Towers in downtown Los Angeles. The canvas for the artwork is an integrated LED display, nearly 100 feet wide. The artwork itself is a generative construct, fueled by data and informed by aesthetics. It explores new ways of storytelling through an intelligent platform that expresses and responds to the spirit of Los Angeles in a seamless fusion of digital content, public space and urban life.
The artwork can also be explored and experienced virtually with a mobile device or on a PC. This virtual environment allows visitors to navigate through the data and experience the artwork with an audio track composed from everyday sounds of Los Angeles and its data streams.
Dataset: Social Media
Greenland USA in association with The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
Susan Narduli Studio & Refik Anadol Studio
Gensler Los Angeles
Isenberg & Associates, Inc. Fine Art Advisory
DG Hunt & Associates, LLC
Custom Software Development:
Sebastian Neitsch, Juliana Götz
Web Platform Development:
onformative, Cedric Kiefer, Thomas Kombüchen
Server & API Management:
ConvergenceLA receives realtime data from eight individual publicly available APIs and processes four million points of data per hour. This ever-changing cinematic narrative of Los Angeles harnesses demographic, astronomical, oceanographic, tectonic, traffic and climate data streams, social media posts and news feeds, and frames them within fragments of cultural and historical content of Downtown Los Angeles. An intelligent timeline uses the incoming data to inform the generative sequencing of the artwork. While a reflection of the ongoing rhythms of the city, the collected data also holds the historical chronology of Los Angeles for the life of the artwork.