Counterlight

Large scale projections, The Guildhall, Southampton, 1996
Assisted by Southampton City Council Public Arts Unit and funded by Hampshire County Council and Southern Arts

The title Counterlight was a description of projection as an alternative to the ambient light that normally reveals the Guildhall. The projections used drawn images of architectural features to key with the existing facade to create a new projected architecture that altered according to a person’s viewpoint. The parallax that occurred when walking towards the facade was such that a three tiered projected structure from a distance slowly compressed down to two tiers closer up. The projections were devised with this parallax in mind and encouraged people to move around the area near the building. The projections were shown for five nights in March 2005.