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year:  2017

place: Metropolis Towers Downtown Los Angeles


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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.


















Documentation: Historical
Dataset: Tectonics
Documentation: Culture
Documentation: Infrastructure
Dataset: Weather
Dataset: Social Media
Dataset: Wind
Dataset: Metro
Documentation: Culture
Dataset: Social Media




Commissioned by:

Greenland USA in association with The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles


Produced by:

Susan Narduli Studio & Refik Anadol Studio


Gensler Los Angeles


Art Advisor:

Isenberg & Associates, Inc. Fine Art Advisory


Project Management:

DG Hunt & Associates, LLC


Custom Software Development:

Sebastian Neitsch, Juliana Götz


Web Platform Development:

onformative, Cedric Kiefer, Thomas Kombüchen


Server & API Management:

Stefan Curow


Sound Design:

Kerim Karaoglu


Dataset: Weather

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traffic and climate data streams, social media posts and news feeds, and frames them within fragments of cultural and historical content of Downtown Los Angeles.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.

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