Small Wonders

Large Scale Projections for MakeRoom x ArtworxTo

“Small Wonders” thinks big by examining small beings.  It is meant to bring the small, everyday creatures in our world to our attention and celebrate their beauty and importance.  The goal of the piece is to spur a brief sense of wonder in its viewers and for these viewers to realize that the opportunity to be awestruck is found all around them in nature. 

The piece was created using a mix of digital painting and generative art practices.  Procreate was used to draw the butterflies and leaves and TouchDesigner and Notch were used to create a digital world in which the butterflies exist. 

The butterflies and their environment are made to look like 2D paper, while their motions and interactions exist in a 3D, digital world.  The butterflies are generative. They act as a particle system and are controlled by random noise, meaning that every time this video is rendered, the butterflies would act differently. 

It was shown at the 120 Adelaide W building in Toronto, ON in November 2021.

Weather the Wheat

A Collaboration with Avling Brewery

In February 2021 in the dead of the Canadian winter, Ping Interactive brought light to the streets of Toronto through Avling Brewery’s storefront window. Using Avling’s beautiful rooftop garden as inspiration, Ping Interactive created a real time weather display using abstract wheat motion as visual content. The abstract wheat moved according to the weather. If it was windy, the wheat would move faster. If it was snowing, the wheat would be set amongst falling snow. The colour of the wheat depended on the temperature. The visual content was mapped onto frosted film that was placed on the storefront window and was displayed during the evening and into the night. The wheat display brought a hidden piece of the brewery to the public and brought a little light to the darkest winter month.