TOPO – Manhattan, New York

Date: 2016
Status: Completed
Category: Cultural
Size: 256 s.f.
Team: Christopher Leong, Dominic Leong, Christopher Lee, Dale Strong, Jessie Baxa, Gabriel Burkett, Yu-Hsiang Lin, Laura Veit
Collaborators: ARUP Sound Lab

An artificial landscape of possibility and flow is composed through a field of over a thousand foam rollers whose collective form is simultaneously an intimate sanctuary and an expansive horizon. Like a desert terrain, perceptions of scale, distance, and space are distorted as the surface of the rollers is reflected infinitely into a room of mirrors. Near and far, foreground and background, are collapsed into a scale-less, immersive environment. Designed in collaboration with ARUP, a real-time immersive sound bath responds to the ambient sounds surrounding the installation. Acoustic actuators dispersed throughout the landscape of rollers transforms the continuous ground into a space with no perceptible boundaries. The ambiguous form of TOPO is open-ended and limitless in how it can be experienced, creating the possibility for both individual contemplation and collective interaction.