Train platforms are the juxtaposition of two extremes: stillness and movement. A constant ebb and flow, the arrival of the train animates the previously quiet, stagnant station. The Dupont Underground, a former trolley station, currently lies still, abandoned; Activated Veil engages the public and re-animates the space.
Composed of 100,000 translucent spheres strung together with elastic string, the massive veil is suspended along the length of the old train tracks. As viewers enter, the veil rests monolithic and motionless. Mysteriously, the veil comes to life, billowing and rippling as if by its own forces. The low hum of rushing wind and a faint rustling sound echoes throughout the raw concrete space; visitors soon discover other patrons like themselves are the source of the noise and the movements.
Industrial drum fans sitting atop of pseudo handcarts are pushed back and forth by the public along the old train tracks. The wind blowing from the fans, reminiscent of the turbulence caused by the trolley rushing through the station, energizes the installation. People are encouraged to slide and re-direct the fans at will to experiment with wave patterns and forms. Just as the trolley once delivered the ephemeral rush of activity to the otherwise austere volume, people’s interaction with the project imbues the space with newfound dynamism.