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Seattle to unveil Doug Aitken’s digital Land Art

The artist has been filming for the commission over the past five years, capturing images of Seattle area

A visualisation of how Aitken’s “urban earthwork” will look. Right, Aitken filming. Photo: Alayna Van Dervort, courtesy Doug Aitken Workshop

The US artist Doug Aitken has created an “urban earthwork” for the façade of the Seattle Art Museum, which is due to be unveiled this month (24 March).

“Land art from the 1960s and 1970s exists in remote locations. I was interested in creating something very urban,” Aitken says.

Mirror is a large LED screen, wrapped around the corner of the museum, with thin strips of vertical lights. Aitken has been filming for the project over the past five years, capturing images of central Seattle as well as the surrounding area, “from the Pacific Coast to the Cascade Mountains”, he says.

A computer programme will select which parts of the footage to project in response to a live feed of information that will range from the weather to the density of traffic in the streets of Seattle.

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