Water in all its States
Yann Kersalé



Artist: Yann Kersalé / SNAIK
Title: Water in all its States
Materials: Steel, 3D Projection Mapping
Fabrication + Installation: Demiurge
Engineering: KL&A
Location: Denver International Airport

Paris-based artist Yann Kersalé along with SNAIK was selected to create an original video-based art installation as part of the South Terminal Expansion Project at the Denver International Airport. Kersalé is an internationally renowned artist who uses light to bring spaces and buildings to life, and this piece is no exception. Demiurge is teaming up with Kersalé to fabricate and install an interactive light sculpture that utilizes a moving escalator that slowly raises five stories connecting the Public Transit Center to the Level 5 Plaza. During the 90-second journey between levels viewers will see slow-moving video images projected onto a faceted rock-like wall structure and reflected by smaller crystal-like sculptures on the side walls. Demiurge, Kersalé and his SNAIK Studios team are working with a number of consultants, collaborators, architects and the Denver International Airport to coordinate and facilitate this work of art.

Artist Description:
Liquid / Solid / Gas
Skies, ice, rivers …

Immersion or submersion on site, the Escalator, translator, instrument of the location’s sensations.
A true poetic informant of living or having lived.An outcome or a souvenir.
A stealthy passage that leaves traces in each one’s imagination.

Demiurge produced the following animated rendering to simulate the 90-second journey through the escalator space.  The animated walk through aims to capture the experiential quality of the space, much of which will be defined by SNAIK’s integration of advanced projection and image mapping techniques, as well a complex composition of mirrored crystalline forms.  Abstract projections inspired by water in all three of its natural forms will be cast onto the nearly forty foot tall aluminum rock wall and then captured and reflected by the series of mirrored crystals on the east and west walls.  The rides up and down through the space offer unique perspectives of this technology driven sculptural piece creating a rich and dynamic experience for travelers to and from DIA’s new public transit terminal.