The Sycamore Depot Project

site-specific, video projection mapping

The Sycamore Depot Light Show (2016) was a one-night event showcasing motion graphics animated by my students and myself to be projection mapped onto the historic Sycamore Train Depot in Sycamore, Illinois. The event was funded by a grant from the Speiser Family Foundation intended to promote the artwork of Northern Illinois University faculty and students. The depot houses the offices of the DeKalb County Community Foundation – an organization dedicated to managing the philanthropic resources for the DeKalb community. In addition to directing/producing the event I created an animation depicting two trains that would have passed this depot during it’s existence as a working depot. The images of the train cars passing by each had logos that represent area businesses which no longer exist.

Due to the success of the first light show in 2016, the DeKalb County Community Foundation requested another show for their 25th anniversary celebration. For this show we wanted to outdo the previous show, so they hired two of my students as interns and together we worked with the lighting company Upstaging, Inc. to produce a truly spectacular show. In addition to the outdoor light show, we produced a show of aerial footage acquired by flying a drone over various regions of DeKalb County.


Photographs: Bob Banke, Jeremy Schulz