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May 27, 2011
Anyone who loves subways as much as we do probably also loves to watch people on the platform. It's truly one of the joys of life to see the marvelous cross-section of people in this world, all taking the subway together. The latest installation by artist Jason Bruges in London's Sunderland Station takes this joy to the next level by giving us simulated shadows of people to watch.
A new glass wall conceals an unused platform, and behind it is a lighting system that creates shadow-like shapes, almost as if there are figures walking around back there. The animation starts to play with the people on the platform: Is it responding to those waiting for the train, or is it just a bunch of computer generated shadows? Its dance of looking and moving is mesmerizing. The Sunderland Station project is Character Approved because it's such a subtle, yet effective livening up of subway space by adding a bit more of what's best about subways everywhere.
[Image: Jason Bruges]