If you’ll be anywhere near Chicago in March, you’ll want to check out the Flos “Wallpiercing” installation at the Art Institute of Chicago’s upcoming exhibition, Rethinking Typologies: Architecture and Design from the Permanent Collection.
Originally given to the Art Institute as a gift in 2010, “Wallpiercing” (designed by Ron Gilad) will be one of the larger pieces on display at the anticipated show. The exciting exhibit runs from March 3 – July 29, 2012 and focuses on inventions that have optimized, reformed and molded products, “shaping new forms of media and influencing the way we think, live, and communicate.” (AIC)
The modern Italian lighting design company describes the award-winning installation as “an austere hoop lodged shallowly in the wall, ringed with RBG Light Emitting Diodes (LED).” The result is a halo that forms around itself, “diffusing its own shadow… as if shrouded in a light tulle fog.”
“By linking multiple units,” Flos says, “the entire wall becomes a low-resolution screen, altering the appearance and mood of its environment profoundly with each shift in the color and intensity of light.”
A similar design to Flos’ Wallpiercing thanks to its tubular shape and twisted, interlocking form, the shapely low-voltage Plumen bulbs by Hulger and Samuel Wilkinson Design will also be highlighted at the exhibit as another example of creative adaptations of conventional objects.