[Video by R. Lopez for Curbed]
Yesterday, CityCenter DC unveiled a new and unique artistic feature, The Gateway at CityCenter. The Gateway is an archway of three high definition screens in the middle of the luxe mega-project's public courtyard. Designed by media artist David Niles, the Gateway stands 25 feet high and 50 feet wide. Yesterday, as Niles and various city officials turned the Gateway on for the first time, viewers were greeted to images of astronauts floating around the earth, tap dancers on swirling backgrounds and elephants boarding D.C.'s metro. They were also treated to the blue bubbles and accompanying music captured in the video above.
The Gateway will be something of an interactive piece as the images and accompanying music will become faster and busier based on the surrounding sounds and activities. That is to say, the music will be louder and the video more intense when it comes on at 8:00 a.m. than it will be by the time it shuts down at 11:00 p.m. However, perhaps the most interesting aspect of this project is that it's entirely art for art's sake. Although CityCenter DC has brought in prime retailers and first rate restaurants, their logos will never appear on the Gateway. Also, officials stated that local artists would have a chance to participate in this interactive project. For some still photos of the Gateway, check out the ones that Curbed photographer Rey Lopez took after the jump.
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