Liquid Facade

Liquid Facade


stretch Lycra, fiberglass rods. 35’ x 25’ x 3’

Location: Materials & Applications, Los Angeles, CA

Commissioned: M&A – a reverse-unveiling to announce the new research center

Inspired by the wrapped buildings of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the stretch fabric interiors of Gisela Stromeyer, this facade presented a reverse unveiling of the new architecture and landscape research center, Materials & Applications. Programmed at night by rear-projected video.

Gateway to Los Angeles


Gateway to Los Angeles


Steel, aluminum, LEDs, electronics, concrete, stainless steel cablenet

Pergolas across two bridges: Los Angeles Street and Main Street, spanning the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles 100′ feet each

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and CalTrans

The gateway grows the visual language of highway infrastructure into an organic form at the scale of natural phenomenon. Aluminum “nodes” embedded with LEDs fixed to the canopy illuminate at night reviewing data collected of the daily vibrations along the bridge.

Collaboration with Oliver Hess and Ned Kahn

Images by Oliver Hess

Live Forever


Firestation 94 facade installation 2011

Live Forever 


Origami sheet brass, LEDs, electronics, environmental sensors. 35’ x 18’ x 12’

Location: Firestation 94, Baldwin Village, Los Angeles

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Networked light-embedded brass origami sconces inspired by native cliff-dwelling Chalk Dudleya “Live Forever” plant, so-named because of its drought tolerance. This monitoring and alert system exploits the surface of the building in the way nature finds uses for voids.

Moisture-responsive lighting is an environmental monitoring system clinging to the facade. The rate lights scintillate across the building in response to ambient humidity is linked to fire risk. An ambient clue to fire danger levels to raise awareness.

Collaboration with Oliver Hess

Images by Mayoral Photo

Wilmington Waves


Wilmington Waves


Stainless steel rod and hardware, LED programmable lights and anchors, electronics

Three bridges: Dimensions: 15′ x 100′ each.

Location: Wilmington Waterfront Park

Commissioned by: Port of Los Angeles, Wilmington, CA

Design, fabrication, and installation by artists Didier and Hess

Interactive lights bring a surging tide to the landlocked park. Imitating bioluminescent tides, these light assemblies are held in tension with cables; the strands are strong but quiver with the wind. The system synchronizes its display to real-time tidal data from the nearby port of Wilmington.

Topmost image by Oliver Hess

Orit Haj

Orit Haj


Monumental rammed earth, community token “artifacts”, concrete and bronze.

20′ x 6′ x 3′

Location: Vasquez Rocks State Park. LA County

Commissioned by Los Angeles County Art Commission

Using earth from the site excavation, the monument erodes revealing impacts of natural forces and humans. Residents rammed the earth and added artifacts in each layer of this slow-release time capsule. An embedded bronze sculpture will emerge last. Orit Haj, the title of this artwork, are words from the indigenous Tataviam language which translate to ‘river’ and ‘mountain’. Much the way the Tataviam culture and its language have dissolved into time leaving behind artifacts and legends in and around Vasquez Rocks, so too this artwork will transform and dissolve with time.

Collaboration with Oliver Hess, Rammed Earth Consultant / Contractor: Andreas Hessing

Awarded five signature scroll by Los Angeles County Commissioners for Orit Haj and “demonstrated service”.

Recognized as one of the 50 best public art projects in the 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts






copper wire, PETG, strobes, lamps, steel frame and anchors, electronics, environmental sensors. 15′ x 40′ x 30′

Commissioned by: Art Center School of Design, Pasadena, CA for the Vitra Design OPEN HOUSE exhibition

Networked nodes changed frequency of strobing according to air quality measurements. The nodes attached to the woven copper cables supplying power and structure to the piece. Mounted over the “smoker’s door”, LEDs “lit up” whenever smoke was detected.

Collaboration with Oliver Hess and Marcos Lutyens

Images by Mayoral Photo