SF Public Utilities Commission Digital Arts Panorama
Snowfall to Outfall - Illustration for a 58' long and 4' tall interactive digital arts panorama at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a public agency of the City and County of San Francisco that provides water, wastewater, and electric power services to the City and an additional 1.6 million customers within three San Francisco Bay Area counties. The illustration shows SFPUC's water transport facilities - from rainwater and glaciers in the mountains to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Lake Eleanor and Lake Floyd in Yosemite National Park, water is transported through 167 miles of pipelines and tunnels systems through Central Valley to Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean.

Client: Obscura Digital and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Art director: Marc Melzer, Obscura Digital
Animation: Obscura Digital
SF Public Utilities Commission headquarters lobby
58' long illustration
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Bay Bridge, 
San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco Bay, Redwood City, Palo Alto, 
Central Valley, Calaveras Resorvoir, Tracy, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto, Turlock
Don Pedro Reservoir, Moccasin, Cherry Lake (Lake Lloyd), Lake Eleanor, Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite National Park. 
Work in progress. From the Art Director's layout to map and Google earth studies, sketches and final illustration work in Adobe Illustrator. 
Vimeo video.
Project info From the Obscura Digital site;
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Digital Arts Panorama is a seamless curved digital canvas that provides an interactive educational experience for the public and provides an infrastructure that allows new content experiences to be continually updated in the future. The Digital Arts Panorama stands 4’ tall by 58’ long, with a resolution 24,000 pixels wide, and is comprised of live data, graphic visualizations, an interactive platform, and ambient music.
The permanent installation turns the building lobby into a real-time dashboard about what the Public Utilities Commission is doing and how its LEED Platinum certified building is performing. Gesture based real-time news populates on the screen as visitors interact with this dynamic and intelligent system.
Obscura Digital designed and engineered 4-custom unique interactive experiences with motion responsive visuals and sound effects for the Digital Arts Wall including: ‘Snowfall to Outfall’, ‘Media Stream’, ‘Dashboard’ and “Interactive Art Mode”. Each content experience provides an educational and entertaining platform for SFPUC employees and visitors including hundreds of school children to learn more about the history, art, current-issues and future goals of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
This innovative, exciting, interactive educational art piece is a dynamic outreach tool for the San Francisco community, open to the public during regular SFPUC business hours.

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