I’ve consulted with shopping mall groups, and they often talk about their aspiration to use digital to create memorable experiences.
A lot of what I have seen done in malls is not all that memorable, and ultimately driven more by getting incremental ad dollars from big screens on walls. But sometimes you bump into projects where the property people really understood experience, and the investment they needed to make to realize that.
This is just flat beautiful – custom digital art that floods the floor and bulkhead walls of the Las Arenas shopping center in central Barcelona. It’s a building that got its start with brutality – it was a bullring – but now houses high-end shops.
The artwork created by ADMEMORI is a tribute to the work of mosaic, a decorative art very long used during antiquity. Renewed in a more architectural principle by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi who transformed the face of Barcelona, ??this art inspired the creation for Las Arenas. Two worlds have been created as moving circular mosaics. The first was created to remind the proximity of Barcelona with the Mediterranean and give the impression that the mosaic is aquatic. The second is much more solar, embodying Spain with a dominant red color ornamented by golden touches that appeal to the heat and sun of the peninsula!
The goal has been to set up the central square of the visit route. The digital installation invites visitors to “play” with the desired content to create confusion between contemplation and interactivity.
I like that the interactive is about the art. Floor-based interactive has been around for many years, using overhead projectors and cameras. But I think this is far more compelling to all ages than the sort of game-based stuff I’ve seen that only seems to attract little kids.
Award-winner, I think, if the proponents enter contests.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.