PLATFORMS, OCA’s outdoor art park located in the Nine Rails Creative District, is getting an aesthetic upgrade that will be revealed on October 2nd during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll. Once a vacant lot, PLATFORMS was adopted by our non-profit in 2016 as a community-oriented and accessible art space. Now with our renewed vision as Ogden Contemporary Arts, we’ve collaborated with local partners to create a fresh and exciting adaptation for this space. In addition to a new landscape design by IO LandArch that includes native plants, paths, and seating, PLATFORMS is now home to an interactive, light-based art installation titled, Paradboxes.
Paradboxes was designed and fabricated by Lauren and James Argo, co-founders of Industrial Art & Design. The installation features eight, 4’ x 4’ polycarbonate cubes each programmed with their own pulsating light sequence, with touch and motion sensors that respond to interactivity. The boxes appear to emerge from the ground in various glowing colors with transparent finishes; each shape was made from reclaimed outdoor composite material that is weather and tamper resistant. The sculptures exist in a dimly lit resting state that begins to glow brighter as it senses an approaching visitor or passerby, beckoning them through the installation with sequential lighting effects. Unique surface designs on each cube are inspired by paradoxes both ancient and contemporary, stimulating thought and conversation in addition to playful interactivity.