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Inflatable Fabric Prism responds to light

July 8th, 2016 / By: / Out There

An installation in Rhode island was created from an inflatable architectural double-membrane.
An installation in Rhode island was created from an inflatable architectural double-membrane.

An inflatable and immersive-color installation in Providence, R.I., called “Fabric Prism” is built around the fundamental properties of light and color. The domed structure, made from an architectural double membrane, was designed and built by Pneuhaus, a design collective based in Providence. The group works in the fields of event structures, spatial and object design, and contemporary art.

The exterior membrane of the structure is made of red, blue and green fabric panels through which available light filters to produce subtle color gradients on the white surface inside, depending on the type of environmental light at the time. Pneuhaus’ concept for the installation builds upon the scientific reproduction of color within the environment which works by reflecting light off visible surfaces.

As visitors walk around the prism they can see multiple perspectives of the geometric structure. different gradients seen from inside shift throughout the day relative to the position of the sun providing an interactive installation which sheds light on the transformative qualities of color.

The relatively small pavilion makes a big impact, as well, by standing in stark contrast to the architecture around it. It was constructed in June for PVDFest, which the city describes as a “four-day, multi-arts takeover of public spaces, parks and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence.”

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The installation builds upon the scientific reproduction of color within nature, producing color gradients on the white surface inside as the color filters through from the outside.
The installation sheds light on the transformative qualities of color, as the interior color gradients change depending on the time of day.
The installation sheds light on the transformative qualities of color, as the interior color gradients change depending on the time of day.