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MoMA PSI

Application: OutdoorDesigner: Dream The CombineLighting Designer: ARUPLocation: New York, NY
LED Lighting at MoMA PSI
LED Lighting at MoMA PSI
LED Lighting at MoMA PSI
LED Lighting at MoMA PSI
LED Lighting at MoMA PSI

Watercolor of Lights

Tom Carruthers and Jennifer Newsom of Dream The Combine, in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of Arup, create a visceral experience for New York City’s Museum of Modern Arts annual Young Architects Program. 


As the name suggests, the 2018-winning design deemed Hide & Seek, shelters and shades attendees of the weekly concert series hosted in the summer pavilion of MoMA PSI.

A framework of trusses are set in and above the trio of connected courtyards, dividing the outdoor space into smaller, human-scaled sections. The architectural design promotes shifts in perspective of the space around them, depending on visitors' angle and location. 

This visually responsive, kinetic installation used a series of pavilions, stages, and movable mirrored walls to create a multiplicity of viewpoints. The mirrors move in response to wind or human touch, reflecting changing views.

The lighting design team spatially divided the installation into two mirror worlds: one rendering a spectrum of colors and the other with warm white led light, supplied by the RGBW24/6.0 LED strip.

Challenged with the requirement for a water element to cool visitors, the team created a giant "cloud luminaire" by running a sizeable hanging band across the courtyard, filling it with mist, and illuminating the mist at night with the WIDE extrusion and RGBW strip. This created a watercolor effect across the sky.


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