This Sidewalk Will Sing As You Dance With Your Shadow
An interactive installation compromised of motion-activated tiles and sensors encourages passersby to move with its changing sound system
Besides being one of the key music videos that put MTV on the map, few people who have seen the video can forget the sidewalk that lights up as Michael Jackson dances, his feet acting as the switch that lights up the ground underneath him. Recreating a similar experience in real life, Daily Tous Les Jours‘ Mesa Musical Shadows invites passersby to dance with their shadow in an interactive installation.
The public sidewalk exhibit at Arizona’s Mesa Arts Center uses light sensors, speakers built into the pavement, and weight-activated tiles to create the experience. The various systems are activated when a person steps directly on a sensor or when a tile senses a shadow. Different sounds and moods play as shadows strike different tiles, meaning that each visitor might have a unique experience entirely.