In Brief

Shifting Topographies takes inspiration from nature, car culture, and the chameleon

The California sun is famous for its cinematic warmth, and one installation in Oakland hopes to track the beauty of this feature in brightly-colored chemical reactions and swirls of light. Shifting Topographies, an installation at the Oakland 19th Street BART location by Dan Corson, takes advantage of the newly developed sun-reactive “chameleon paint.”

The paint has become popular among car enthusiasts in the Bay Area, as well as other robust car-culture-related materials such as a “truck bed liner” hard coat. It also draws its influence from the distinctive blue color of the BART station it celebrates.

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