MoMA PS1 Offers a Summertime Oasis

The winning design of the 2017 Young Architects Program, presented by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, is Lumen by Ithaca, New York–based Jenny Sabin Studio. The immersive, interactive installation is on view in MoMA PS1’s courtyard in Long Island City through September 4. It comprises more than one million yards of digitally knitted and robotically woven fibers that form two large-scale canopies with 1,500 cellular components and 250 hanging tubular structures. Transforming in appearance throughout the day, these textiles display subtle colors in sunlight and emit a glow after sunset. The design also incorporates 100 recycled spool stools and a misting system that responds to movements of visitors to create an oasis from the summer heat. The installation will host the 20th season of Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s outdoor music series.

“Jenny Sabin’s catalytic environment, Lumen, captured the jury’s attention for imaginatively merging radical materials with unique spaces,” says Sean Anderson, associate curator in MoMA’s department of architecture and design. “With innovative construction and design processes borne from a critical merging of technology and nature to precise attention to detail at every scale, Lumen will no doubt engage visitors from day to night in a series of graduated environments and experiences.”

Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 director and MoMA chief curator at large, adds, “Jenny Sabin’s Lumen is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that spans practices and disciplines in its exploratory approach to new materials. Held in tension within the walls of MoMA PS1’s courtyard, Lumen turns visitors into participants who interact through its responsiveness to temperature, sunlight, and movement.”

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