Matthew Garza | San Antonio Current
City leaders watch the big reveal of "Liquid Crystal."
The jewel of the $325 million expansion of Downtown's Henry B. González Convention Center is alive — sort of.
City leaders yesterday unveiled a large-scale artwork called "Liquid Crystal," by Jason Bruges, a multi-disciplinary artist and designer from London, that stands 30-feet tall and is made of digital LCD panels that can sense its environment, creating an undulating, shimmering effect influenced by activity in the space.
“It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to develop a new type of living-breathing LCD artwork that responds to the movement and dynamism of the people in the convention center, and its location in San Antonio,” Bruges says in a press release. “The animations within this triangular faceted liquid crystal surface mirror the ebb and flow of visitors in and out of this new expansion to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center."
"Liquid Crystal" draws its inspiration from the San Antonio River, exploring parallels between the flow of water and people that make Downtown San Antonio a bustling center of business and tourist destination for visitors all around the globe.
"The transparent and opaque undulations of the liquid crystal surface are intended to be reminiscent of the ever changing caustic surfaces of the Riverwalk, and the high tech mosaic builds upon the tradition of tiled mural artworks in the city," Bruges says.
London's Jason Bruges Studio is known for its innovative installations created by a team of architects, artists, lighting designers, industrial designers and electronic, programming and project management specialists.