Being present is an invaluable capacity. Engaging with an environment and those who comprise and create it deliver perspective not easily supplemented. Medellín, Colombia is the city of Everlasting Spring, home to the green jerseys of Atlético Nacional, and a city compelled by innovation, being named the most innovative city in the world in 2014. As a visitor, I am affected by its aura and alternately it is affected by my presence.
Verde is an installation comprised of wire sculpture and video projection. The sculptures were made from wire and cabuya, an abundant green string (made from a regional plant) used in making tamales. The video includes visuals and audio from a bus ride I took from Parque Arví traveling to La Floresta, a neighborhood closer to the city's center.
Verde was developed over the course of 4 days and was a part of an exhibition in May of 2014, Estudio Abierto, Interactive Art & 3D Animation, hiperTROPICO, at Universidad de Antioquia Medellín's gallery. Viewers were encouraged to interact with the installation space; seeing their shadow cast on the environment, and watching the pixels project on their body.