Aaron Koblin's Light Echoes are ghostly projections onto train tracks

The Wilderness Downtown co-creator has teamed up with director Ben Tricklebank to create a work that only appears when photographed with a long exposure.


Aaron Koblin creates interactive artworks commissioned by the likes of Google and the Tate Modern. He’s best known for the innovative Arcade Fire-inspired The Wilderness Downtown website – which mashed up Google Maps and a music video for We Used To Wait to take you back to the house you grew up in (and then bombed it with foilage).

His latest project was created in the real world, and with British film director Ben Tricklebank rather than his usual partner Chris Milk. Light Echoes was a series of projections created in the Fillmore and Western Railway tracks near Los Angeles, which became the film you can watch above and a series of photos that are being exhibited at the Gazelli Art House gallery in London until January 17.

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Aaron and Ben placed RGB lasers on a crane 40 foot above the tracks and projected a line of colours. The lasers moved and the lines changed to reveal an image when the piece was photographed and filmed using long exposures of 3-4 minutes.

The results are rather haunting, as a hidden ghostly landscape is revealed, along with type declaring ‘Every moment of light and dark is a miracle’.

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The photos of Light Echoes are exhibited as part of a group show called Dom, which also features artists including Charlotte Colbert, Do Ho Suh and Elena Rendina.

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