Gimbels Passageway Simulator

A clockwork disc simulator for designing movements to appear in the hall of Gimbels Passageway in New York City.

Ear Studio was commissioned by Vornado Realty Trust to design a public art element for the Gimbels Passageway renovation; the underground pedestrian tunnel connecting Penn Station to Herald Square closed in the 1970s.

This simulator, built with Processing and OpenGL, allows Ear Studio to experiment with the choreography of approximately 900 rotating discs and the invisible gearing system that couples them. The simulator exports this choreographic data for use by the team’s 3D fly-through mockup designers and will also inform the data driving the final piece.

Released March 2009.

Tags. Java, Processing