AHA! Cleveland is a multi-day festival of lights to celebrate recent changes to the urban landscape. The event brings people from across the region together to animate public spaces using light and video art installations.

As a featured artist, Obscura was commissioned by Cleveland-based LAND studio, in sponsorship with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Cleveland Public Power, to create an art projection on the façade of the city’s Public Auditorium.

Using ultra-high definition projection technology, Obscura transformed a 370-foot wide by 70-foot tall expanse of the building into a canvas animated by fluid imagery of natural and manmade ephemera.

“Transformations”, the name of the installation, presented the metaphorical evolution of Cleveland through the seasons. Imagery consisted of slow-motion details of nature, arts, music, and sports, all related to Cleveland. Disparate particles harmoniously assembled into objects and scenes, then gradually deconstructed to transition to the next image.

The architectural projection was an integral part of the larger community event that activated Cleveland’s downtown space and celebrated civic pride. Musical accompaniment by ChamberFest Cleveland, performing an original composition by Harald Boyesen, added dimension and texture to the projection, which beautifully captured the spirit of contemporary Cleveland.