Ice Angel is an interactive artwork that gives each participant a glimpse of him or herself in angelic form. The work is inspired by the way children create snow angels in fresh snow. It responds to the user’s arm movements to create a unique pair of digital angel wings. The wings are created dynamically and are linked to the physical proportions of the individual participant. The artwork also has a ‘memory’: if a user returns after a day, a month or a year, the device will remember them and recreate their own unique angel wings for them again.
Ice Angel is experienced through the participation of the viewer who adopts the role of a performer. Through this curious role reversal the viewer becomes the subject of a living portrait, with their hidden ‘angel’ revealed for all to see.