Relax under the Lumen canopy all summer long.
This summer, Long Island City’s MoMA PS1 offers a way to cool off while taking in installation art. Lumen, a “socially and environmentally responsive structure that adapts to the densities of bodies, heat, and sunlight” is the winner of the 2017 Moma PS1 Young Architects Program and will be on display in the courtyard from June 29-August 27.
The immersive, interactive artwork is responsive and dynamic. Over 1 million yards of digitally knitted fiber hang in 250 tubular structures called stalactites which release a cooling mist in response to visitors’ proximity. The installation not only responds to human interaction but transforms in color depending on the sunlight, absorbing enough solar power to emit a glow after sundown. Soft white fabric sways overhead from various wooden seats scattered under the canopy.
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The structures elements of shade, water, and seating make it an excellent setting for MoMA PS1’s summer concert series Warm Up, featuring 10 Saturday performances of electronic music.