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Artist Derek Bruno Plays with Perspectives on Sound and Light

It wasn’t exactly The Thomas Crown Affair, but an art heist nonetheless threatened to derail artist Derek Bruno’s contribution to the new Dolby headquarters.

After six weeks working in his Atlanta studio, Bruno had finished the elements of his large installation and was eager to see the full piece come together for the first time at Dolby’s new San Francisco home. He rented a truck and drove to neighboring Oakland, where he was staying with a friend. When he woke up the morning after his arrival, though, his truck was no longer where he’d parked it.

After four stressful days of contacting the authorities, he learned that the truck was finally found. Luckily, all of his artwork was still there—only his tools were missing.

Relieved and ready to get his artwork to San Francisco, Bruno arrived at Dolby headquarters to install his lenticular composition. Lenticular works use angled surfaces to present a different look depending on the vantage point from which you view them.

“The first time I got to see the piece for Dolby was when I hung it on the wall,” says Bruno. “It’s much bigger than any place that I’ve hung before this. What pushes me to create is to have these unique experiences where there’s an outcome that’s unknown. And then when it’s done, I sit and reflect.”

When the Dolby art curator asked Bruno to do the projecat, he learned that Dolby not only enables immersive sound, but has also developed innovative imaging technology like Dolby Vision™. His piece reflects that marriage of sight and sound by representing the sonic concepts of clarity and noise with a visual vocabulary that brings the color spectrum to life.

Check out this video to learn more about Derek Bruno and his lenticular art piece.