Ride the Bus and Visit this New Public Art Installation

How everyday actions inspired Park City’s newest public art installation.

By Sharon McNeill December 14, 2016 Published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Park City Magazine

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The sensors worn by the athletes to inform the How We Move bus shelter sculptures were the size of a quarter. The team then distilled the data gathered into representational line drawings (right) to create the aluminum bands or ribbons that make up each sculpture. “An essential part of this project,” says Kevin Arthofer, How We Move collaborator, “is the link we are making between the specialized movement of individual people and the everyday movement available through public transit.”    

Image: Ron LeMaster

Few other regions of the country can claim Park City’s level of, and passion for, activities like cycling, skiing, and even walking. It’s this deep-seated love for movement that inspired a two-part art installation at Summit County’s new Kimball Junction Transit Center (located west of the Summit County Library on West Ute Blvd), appropriately dubbed How We Move, scheduled to premiere in mid-January. 

Inside the transit center, riders are greeted by an interactive wall display made up of images informed by the viewer’s actions, captured and translated in real time by a movement sensor. The images are further altered throughout the day by bus ridership data, gathered by more sensors affixed to the city’s bus fleet. 

Outside, transit riders will find a series of aluminum sculptures adorning the center’s six bus shelters. To create each piece, the How We Move team—Will Pratt, Jessica Kulchock, Kevin Arthofer along with David Giardinelli and Michael Robinson—gathered movement and acceleration data from an alpine skier, a cross country skier, a bobsledder, a walker, a mountain biker, and a ski jumper via—you guessed it—wearable movement sensors. That data was, in turn, used to create a cluster of seven aluminum ribbons representing how each athlete moves.

When members of the Summit County Public Art Board decided two years ago to include a budget for a public art installation, their goal was to create a piece that would stimulate ridership on public transit. “Of all the excellent submissions, the How We Move proposal’s interactive quality had a cutting-edge approach that we felt had the ‘wow factor’ the project warranted,” said Alex Butwinski, Summit County Public Art Board member. “We decided to take a leap and do something that’s never been done anywhere else.”


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