Prismatic

Ghent / United States / 2019

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Prismatic is a kaleidoscopic experience of light, color, and space defined by an aggregation of perspectives. Unique on all sides, the piece encourages the public to explore its exterior, as well as meander through its translucent corridors. Iridescent rope weaves between a lattice of rebar, while the gaps between these cords provides transparency and results in a dynamic visual effect known as a moiré. As visitors turn their gaze or walk about the space, patterns in the background and foreground continuously converge and delaminate, warping visual perception and causing static surfaces to appear in flux.


The design of Prismatic oscillates between the adversarial forces of expansion and limitation. Prisms burst forth from a central point but these projections are halted by the invisible boundaries of a rectangular box. Contextual features such as the Potomac River, a nearby fountain, and an adjacent avenue echo into the box, forming fault lines that shatter the box into nine blocks, which were then subsequently pushed apart in order to create pathways.


Prismatic resembles a solid mass at first glance, but is entirely defined by linear elements (paracord and rebar). As a result, the project occupies a substantial volume relative to its weight while also forming a highly redundant structure. These qualities were advantageous when transporting the project from Brooklyn to Washington DC, and later to its current home at a sculpture park in upstate New York called Art Omi. The entire project was designed to puzzle piece together onto a single 46 ft flatbed truck in order to expedite the delivery process.


Given the constraints, geometric complexity, and labor required to fabricate the project it was necessary to work with simple off-the-shelf materials, but this ultimately proved to be a strength. While many of the design elements are typically considered “taboo” (zip ties, paracord, rebar, and black lights) we were undeterred, as these proved best for their given roles. The grip of the coarse rebar was superior to smooth steel bars, as was fastening with zip ties rather than knots, etc. The key priorities were the overall affect and fully immersing the public in a large-scale experience. 


Steel Fab.:        Serett Metalworks Corp
Date complete: Dec 1, 2018
Built Area:        700 sq ft
Photos:            Hou de Sousa
Engineer:         Arup (Jordan Woodson)
Project Lead:    Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa
Project Team:   Ji Eun Lee, Jiacheng Xu, Julia DiPietro, Nina Patterson

Exhibition: Georgetown GLOW (georgetownGLOWDC.com)
Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington DC 20007
Dec 1, 2018 – January 17, 2019

Exhibition: Art Omi
Architecture Field 2, Art Omi, Ghent, NY 12075
May 25, 2019 – May 25, 2021 


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Prismatic es una experiencia caleidoscópica de luz, color y espacio compuesto de una agregación de perspectivas. Distinto en todos los lados, la pieza alienta al público a explorar su exterior, así como a pasear a través de sus corredores translúcidos. Las cuerdas iridiscentes se entrelazan entre una celosía de barras de refuerzo, mientras que los espacios entre estas cuerdas dan transparencia y resultan en un efecto visual dinámico conocido como moiré. Mientras que los visitantes giran su mirada o caminan por el espacio, los patrones convergen y delaminan continuamente, distorsionando la percepción visual y haciendo que las superficies estáticas aparezcan en flujo. 


El diseño de Prismatic oscila entre las fuerzas adversarias de expansión y limitación. Los prismas revientan de un punto central, pero estas proyecciones son contenidas por los límites invisibles de una caja rectangular. Las características contextuales como el río Potomac, una fuente cercana y una avenida adyacente resuenan en la caja, formando grietas que separan la caja en nueve pedazos mientras se crean caminos que atraviesan la instalación. 


Prismatic se asemeja a una figura sólida a primera vista, pero en realidad es definido por elementos lineales (cuerdas y barras de refuerzo). Como resultado, el proyecto ocupa un volumen considerable en relación a su peso mientras que también forma una estructura sumamente redundante. Estas cualidades fueron ventajosas durante el transporte del proyecto desde Brooklyn a Washington DC, y más tarde a su hogar actual en un parque de esculturas en el estado de Nueva York llamado Art Omi. El proyecto fue diseñado para caber en un solo camión de plataforma de 46 pies para acelerar el proceso de entrega.


El proyecto consta completamente de elementos y materiales de diseño "tabú" (bridas, cuerdas, una estructura de barra de refuerzo y luces ultravioleta), pero resultan ser adecuados para sus funciones individuales. 

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    Prismatic is a kaleidoscopic experience of light, color, and space defined by an aggregation of perspectives. Unique on all sides, the piece encourages the public to explore its exterior, as well as meander through its translucent corridors. Iridescent rope weaves between a lattice of rebar, while the gaps between these cords provides transparency and results in a dynamic visual effect known as a moiré. As visitors turn their gaze or walk about the space, patterns in the background and...

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    • Year 2019
    • Work finished in 2019
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Exhibitions /Installations
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