_ garden of phygitality

tag: [work] [phygital] [digi] 
date: 20221031
classification: autostereoscopic 3D LED display
location: Harajuku Tokyo Japan
team: Ellwood Chen & Austin Lightle

Autostereoscopic 3D LED display uses optical illusion to create stereoscopic visual effects. Most of the autostereoscopic 3D work pursues the effect that the display becomes an extension of the environment, the idea of a screen is erased, and they are visually physical. We want to create a new approach to work around phygitality.  

As a product of the exchange between man and nature, a courtyard garden has a unique position in Asian cultures. While considering the growth and change of all controllable and uncontrollable elements, a garden designer should design with a static and mobile vision to foresee and accept all possible futures. This push and pull with what could be created versus what would be presented fits our new vision for the autostereoscopic 3D display: contained but unexpected.

We introduced VR construction and 3D scanning to create an asset pool for the garden, then allowed the digital simulation to take over the animated curation.

By not sealing the top, the phygital garden gives up on tricks that enhance optical illusion but allows the space to be immersive and engaging by viewers on the street. Cars, buildings, street lights, and passengers all become part of the element that forms the garden. This is a project without an eye-dazzling visual. However, one could examine it and take it in slowly by approaching it at different speeds and perspectives. It is a 3D urban synthetic landscape experience.