As We Are
Design Communications Ltd., SNA Displays, Direct Dimensions, Creosphere, Tellart, Fringe22
'As We Are' is a 14-foot, 3D universal human head made from ribbons of ultra-bright LED screens. In the back of the neck is a photo booth capable of taking 3D pictures. Once a visitor has their picture taken, they step out of the booth and their head is displayed on the giant head. The sculpture addresses the relationship between self and representation of self, asking the subject of the portrait to reconsider presence through magnification. It is intended to provide amusement and evoke larger discussions around the phenomena of social media, diversity, and the power dynamic of public art. With over 10,000 portraits created within in the first six months, the sculpture presents an ever-changing parade of faces which asks viewers to consider or reconsider the lives led by people from all cultures. 'As We Are' resides in a public place accessible by all and is designed to achieve an imposing stature similar to traditional public monuments. It utilizes a power dynamic usually reserved for notable, heroic, or governing figures and instead allows every participant to experience a modern representation of acknowledgment while conveying the unity of all humanity.