Compass Cloud is an interactive “infographic” installation for Venice’s international airport, Marco Polo.
Hanging from the ceiling is a large cloud of “paper planes” which rotate towards the direction of the cities to where the real planes are flying.
Passing through security, passengers show their electronic boarding passes on their smartphones. The system records each destination and calculates the proportion of all passengers currently in Departures heading for each destination. A corresponding proportion of the cloud’s paper planes then rotate in that direction.
Passengers can also check the geographic direction of their destination by standing under the cloud and presenting their boarding pass to the scanner. All the cloud’s planes turn momentarily in that direction, then return to their original position.