“Unify” 4K LED Display Reflects Charlotte’s Growing Population


As of July 2019, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is officially one of the top three fastest-growing metropolitan and multicultural areas in the United States, basically doubling its total population in the past two decades. Just have a gander at the town’s recent job growth, GDP, salary rate hikes and cost of living, not to mention low crime rates and a relatively clean metro environment with four distinct seasons, and it’s not difficult to understand why people of all creeds and colors are flocking. This increasingly diverse populace has now been captured and reflected by ”Unify” – an atmospheric and generative art piece from Second Story that capitalizes on swirling the entire color spectrum together in vivid detail.

The 64-foot by 36-foot imagery of Unify, which almost resembles a space nebula or waterfall of pigments, lives in the inaugural building of Charlotte’s Legacy Union – a new 10-acre, mixed-use development intended to be a community gathering place paying homage to Charlotte’s rich history while also celebrating the promise of its future. Perhaps Second Story put it best when they said that Unify’s “ever-changing swirl of colors reflects the vibrancy of a city where all the right elements are coalescing to form something new and beautiful.”

Unify 4K LED display at Legacy Union

Photo courtesy of Second Story and NanoLumens


The display itself, built by NanoLumens with AV integration by Cenero, is now known as the world’s largest 4K LED wall display, and thanks to an ingenious algorithm from Second Story’s team, Unify never uses this canvas for a repeat visual. Actually, the behavior of each pixel influences the other around it, thereby providing endless possibilities and yet another layer of metaphor for the concept of community. The piece, as an audiovisual attraction, is just one more reason for Charlotte to remain a relevant gathering place.

“We’re overwhelmed and saturated with advertising,” said Joel Krieger, Second Story’s Executive Creative Director. “It’s so refreshing to see more developers using canvases like this to inspire and enhance communities, built environments and public spaces.”

Check out the video below to see for yourself:


About Author

Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa, TBO.com, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

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