Event Design for TEDCity2.0 2013 at the TimesCenter, New York City, sparked by a visual allegory of the “most valuable resource” in all cities around the globe - people. The marquee event kicked off a series of 100+ concurrent TEDCity2.0 events around the world celebrating the 2013 TED Prize winner - the “city” itself - to open a global dialogue about the cities of our future.
Riffing off the panoramic glass backdrop at the TimesCenter, I created a screen wall of iconic silhouetted people from around the world - a challenging task considering the only distinguishing feature would be the silhouette of pose and cut of clothing. The 4' tall characters were hung on mono-filament to appear as though floating across the floor-to-ceiling 60’ wide window pane. I treated the suspended silhouettes with vibrant splashes of color to unify the composition which responded to changes in light through the course of the daylong event.
Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary and Courtney Martin, TEDCity2.0 surfaced stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from around the globe, featuring a dynamic program of over 20 speakers who envisioned the cities of our future with big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.