Lumen, the installation with which the Jenny Sabin Studio wonYAP 2017, is the backdrop forWarm Up”, the open-air summer music festival that takes place each year in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 and which opened on 29th June 2017.
The installation was created from a simple light sensitive thread, worked with digital technologies to create a knitted fabric that produced two coverings for the courtyard of MoMA PS1, made up of hundreds of photocells and by a suspended tubular structure with which spectators can interact. The public can “immerse” themselves in Lumen and see its development during the day. Lumen is the result of a practical application of theories from several fields: biology, mathematics, engineering, material science and geometry, integrated in a high performance installation that sees interaction between humans and the environment. It changes colour during the day according to light and heat and in the evening the light sensitive fabric becomes luminous. The installation also includes stools created by 3D printing, which continue the theme and recall enormous bobbins, and by a fog cooling system integrated in the textile elements that refreshes the whole area. To respect sustainability and recycling, the installation will be dismantled at the end of the summer, leaving the spaces unaltered.
Architect: Jenny Sabin Studio
Date: 29th June – 4th September 2017
Place: MoMA PS1 Cortile, New York, USA
Images courtesy of MoMA, photo by Pablo Enriquez