Light and color, inflated

October 1st, 2016 / By: / Projects

Fabric Prism no. 2 sheds light on the transformative qualities of color, as the interior color gradients change depending on the time of day. Photos: Pneuhaus.
Fabric Prism no. 2 sheds light on the transformative qualities of color, as the interior color gradients change depending on the time of day. Photos: Pneuhaus.

Fabric Prism no. 2 is an inflatable and immersive color installation built around the fundamental properties of light and color. Made from an architectural double membrane, it was designed and built by , a Providence, R.I.-based design collective comprised of architects, designers and artists working within the fields of spatial design, temporary structures and contemporary art.

The exterior membrane is made of red, blue and green fabric panels through which available light filters to produce subtle color gradients on the white surface inside, depending on the type of environmental light at the time. Pneuhaus’ concept for the installation builds upon the scientific reproduction of color within the environment, which works by reflecting light off visible surfaces.

As visitors walk around the prism they can see multiple perspectives of the geometric structure. Different gradients seen from inside shift throughout the day relative to the position of the sun, providing an interactive installation that sheds light on the transformative qualities of color.

The relatively small pavilion makes a big impact, standing in stark contrast to the architecture around it. It was constructed in June for PVDFest, which is described as a “four-day, multi-arts takeover of public spaces, parks and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence.”

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