Fresno Cultural Arts District Park

Summary

Digital Ambiance, an Oakland-based creative lighting installation company, won a project for delivering interactive lighting for Cultural Arts District Park in Fresno, California. In the park, there are 5 large canopies that serve as a diffuser of the DMX lighting arrays installed above them. The lighting array interacts with people on the square using 15 thermal cameras.

Digital Ambiance first came in touch with Lightact in 2013 and since then, it’s their first choice for interactive projects. The main factor in their decision making is Lightact’s 24/7 reliability combined with a wide range of programming options including the ability to integrate custom computer-vision and content plugins.

Digital Ambiance partnered with Anticlockwise Arts, an interactive arts studio from Oakland, who created a C++ based content plugin. It’s designed to pull data from a custom-built computer vision plug-in created by Visible, our parent company, and output a real-time generative artwork inspired by the City of Fresno.

The process was smooth and professional.

Visible flew on-site to help with the system setup and, created a virtual DMX fixture for each canopy using Lightact’s intuitive Art-Net interface. Lightact’s reActor X2 outputs 5 universes of Art-Net signal to control custom-built DMX fixtures designed by Digital Ambiance.

Robb, from Digital Ambiance, said: “Lightact was instrumental in the design and development of the interactive portion of our project. We spent nearly a full year planning and negotiating with our client (the city). Lightact was there every step of the way. We brought on an outside programmer to develop the actual light patterns that the system would use. Lightact was able to integrate our custom code with their server easily. The process was smooth and professional.”

Lightact Manager was set up on-site to re-start the project in case of any power outages and additionally, the system is set up to boot-up automatically the moment the power comes back online.

One final thought from Robb:

“We couldn’t have asked for a better software partner on this project.”

Team

Equipment

  • 1 x Lightact reActor X2 (predecessor to Lightact Pro range)