Students in a multimedia class combined engineering and art concepts to create hypothetical public art projects that could be presented in a real-world setting. Multimedia is team taught by Visualization Lab Engineer Mark Gill and art Professor Bill Gorcica.
The class, the first of its kind for Gill and Gorcica, showcases how art, engineering and science are interconnected.
The students have been working all semester learning software and engineering skills to support their artistic visions and create their projects — a proposed public art exhibit for the St. Cloud community.
While the proposals are just theoretical, the students needed to develop a proposal that could be completed with $75,000.
They researched the science behind their projects, materials and logistics. Physics Professor John Liu helped coach the students and gave them technical advice.
The projects ranged from a bridge that would light up when you walked on it to a giant interactive brain on Lake George to promote outdoor activities in winter.
The students presented on the projects Dec. 10 in Kiehle Visual Arts Center. They presented Dec. 9 in Kiehle Visual Arts Center Dec. 14 in ISELF.