Face Finder / Face Time
Project Area: Hollywood
Project: Sunset & Vine
Project Location: 1555 N. Vine Street
Project Type: Developer Initiated
Steve Appleton's Face Finder / Face Time is an interactive artwork that allows the public to have their facial image captured by a camera situated within an aluminum sculpture on the plaza adjacent to the Hungry Cat. These images are also displayed in live time on the sculpture's four-foot diameter glass screen via a rearview projection system embedded within the sculpture. A projector mounted onto an overhead pedestrian bridge also sends select facial images (either captured in real time, or from the FaceFinder archive) onto a 70-foot wall at the rear of the plaza. The projector, mounted onto a moveable robotic support, projects the image at various spots on the wall, much like a klieg light rakes the night sky, moving within a set of parameters. Appleton developed the unique robotic components and facial recognition software and interface modalities between the camera and the projector to insure functionality and durability in the artwork.
Face Finder/Face Time was included in the Public Art in Review section of Art in America's 2007 Annual Guide (August 2007).
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