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Chicago Field Museum

Restoring Earth

The Chicago Field Museum Central Space's "Restoring Earth" interactive promotes the message of collaboration to help save the environment. Guests are encouraged to work together to collect falling raindrops by using their body's outline. The installation cycles through several habitats with unique imagery and tailored visual effects. Visitors are rewarded when all the drops are caught with a vibrantly colored scene and playful animations promoting an impactful message about conservation.

The installation was built upon a system of three computers utilizing two Microsoft Kinect sensors to track users within the space and render the projected scene. The application leverages a 2D physics engine which allows the raindrops to come to life by creating fascinating interactions with the participant's silhouettes and elements within the scene.