Responsive HTML5 Reservation Site
Funny Garbage developed a fully responsive HTML5 website for the Landmarks Public Art Program for The University of Texas at Austin, featuring their latest commission, a Skyspace created by renowned artist James Turrell. Located at the University Student Center roof garden, the Skyspace serves as both a monumental contemporary artwork and as a public space for contemplation and meditation. The challenge was to create an appealing, clear, and accessible site, worthy of James Turrell and his ethereal artwork, while fulfilling the communication requirements of the curators of the space and the university.
Responsive design was the clear choice for a site catering primarily to a student population on mobile devices, that also needed to work beautifully as a desktop experience. Becuase the website is often student and visitors first introduction to the art of James Turrell, it is designed to inspire and educate, while serving the pratical needs of scheduling the viewing of the art itself.
The function of the reservation system is to clearly define two distinct viewing options: the first, throughout the day, when the work is a naked eye observatory; and the second, at sunset, when it transforms into a spectacular light show featuring a dynamic LED color wash specifically sequenced to coordinate with the sun as it travels across the sky throughout the year. This complicated reservation system accommodates not only the ever change timing of the suns trajectory, but the rhythms of a typical University Student Center with building hours changing throughout the semesters.