Liquid Facade

Liquid Facade

2002

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.

Ukendt Beach

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Ukendt Beach

2009

Roof tiles, rubber liner, standard roofing lumber. 40’ x 8’ x 15’

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Commissioned: Instant Herlev Institute

This repurposing of roofing materials and techniques is a terra cotta roof tile deck descending into a captured rainwater “sea” in the front yard of a suburban home. An invitation to lounge on private property as though it were a public beach.

Collaboration with Oliver Hess

The Food Pyramid

The Food Pyramid

2010 

Rubber liner, Food-grade bins, rainwater, photovoltaic array, submersible pumps and lights, gravel, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, lettuce, tilapia, native marsh plants. 10’ x 12’ x 12’

Location: Los Aangeles County Museum of Art, CA

Commissioned by: LACMA for EATLACMA curated by Fallen Fruit

Taking cues from material and natural ecologies of Los Angeles, a vertical Fish Taco
Garden. Utilizing repurposed materials from industrialized food systems, the garden
cycles waste generated by one area of the Food Pyramid to feed the other parts.

Diners at the nearby museum cafe completed the cycle by purchasing fish food and feeding the fish. At the end of the exhibition, the entire pyramid was harvested and chefs prepared fish tacos for 100+ visitors while an aquatic puppet show was performed in the piece.

Collaboration with Oliver Hess

Here There Be Monsters

Here There Be Monsters

2006

Materials: bamboo, rainwater, submersible pumps, electronics.

50′ x 45′ x 20′

Commissioned by: Materials & Applications

Rainwater captured from the roof of M&A’s building created a pond inhabited by “invisible creatures” — a unique and subtly responsive submerged system of jets that responded to the motions and gestures of visitors. A hyperboloid-shaped bamboo foot bridge spanned the aquatic habitat.

Collaboration with Oliver Hess, bridge by workshopLEVITAS

HouseSwarming

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HouseSwarming

2007

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