Active LED wall displaying a shade of blue, image by Dumitru Onceanu

Nearly two years ago, UrbanToronto reported on the re-opening of the Ryerson Image Centre after a renovation and expansion by Diamond Schmitt Architects which included cloaking the building in a programmable LED façade. Now in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless during the frigid winter months, artists Dave Colangelo and Patricio Davila, and programmers Robert Tu and Maggie Chan, have turned the luminous façade into a five-storey weather beacon.

Active LED wall displaying a shade of blue, image by Dumitru Onceanu

The dynamic display, entitled In The Air, Tonight, features blue animations that react to real-time changes in temperature and wind speed and direction.

The display is also interactive. Whenever someone uses the hashtag #homelessness on Twitter, the display pulses red and their message appears on the campaign's website here. The installation will run from February 5, 2014 to March 5, 2014.

Related Companies:  CFMS Consulting Inc., Diamond Schmitt Architects, Ryerson University