Future Cities Lab (2015)

Installed: May 21, 2015 - May 31, 2017

Yerba Buena: 701 Mission Street, YBCA

Murmur Wall was a unique combination of sculpture, light and data collection that provided a gathering place for data voyeurs seeking out what the city was whispering, thinking, and feeling about compelling issues and topics. This site-specific installation was commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) for the wall near the museum's main entrance. The piece was constructed out of a complex weave of steel, illuminated fiber optic rods, and digital display as artificially intelligent, anticipatory architecture. Words harvested from trending search engine results were displayed momentarily on the wall, inviting visitors to view, contemplate and discuss the randomly selected phrases.

Artists: Future Cities Lab is an experimental design studio, workshop and architectural think tank operating globally out of San Francisco, California. Founding principals Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of art and design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Murmur Wall and Lightswarm were created with associate design partner Ripon DeLeon and production team including Fernando Amenedo, Jeffrey Maeshiro, Ji Ahn, Nainoa Cravalho and Kate Richter, with fabrication by Machinic Digital Prototyping & Consulting Services.

Presenting Sponsor

5M is a new, vibrant mixed-use destination in the heart of San Francisco located at the intersection of 5th and Mission streets. Developed by Brookfield Properties, named “Developer of the Year” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2021, the four-acre parcel was previously home to parking lots and underutilized buildings. Now, it has been transformed into a lively community for locals and visitors alike.