The Cloud, a networked sculpture that brings together technology and the arts for an interactive, community-created experience, transformed a central space of Welburn Square in Ballston, Virginia, October 2-4.
Prof. Aki Ishida (Architecture), along with Prof. Ivica Ico Bukvic, from the School of Performing Arts, both affiliated with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, led the design and fabrication of the Cloud with a team of Virginia Tech students: architecture undergraduate students Suzanne Berry, Ciara Bucci, Hyun-Jun Cho, Corey Crist, Luke Dale, Zihan Hafiz, Zichun Huang, Christina LoConte, Runyu Ma, Siyu Zhang, Ge Zhou, computer science undergraduate student Omavi Walker, engineering science and mechanics undergraduate student Zachary Miller, and computer science PhD student Spencer Lee.
The Cloud exhibition was on display in the lobby of the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington in the National Capital Region through the end of October, and now it is part of a group show at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.
The project was funded by Ballston Business Improvement District; Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology at VA Tech; Institute for Society, Culture and Environment at VA Tech; VA Tech Research Center Arlington; College of Architecture + Urban Studies at VA Tech; College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences at VA Tech; Information Technology at VA Tech; and the School of Performing Arts at VA Tech. Generous discounts and in-kind donations were provided by Hilton Arlington, Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, Modern Devices, Plascore Inc, and Holen Aluminum Products.