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