Since last November, a shiny undulating installation can be seen on Material & Application’s courtyard on Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles. The center for architecture and landscape research shows “The Bloom”, a 14,000 pieces of thermobimetal installation designed by University of Southern California architect professor Doris Kim Sung, in collaboration with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter and Matthew Melnyk.
Two metallic sheets, each with different expansion rates, are laminated together. According to the temperature, the metal sheets curl up or flatten out. The 6-meters tall experiment will have big implications in energy savings architecture, it is a chance to change the way we think.
New York-based sculptor Jim Hodges has created “Untitled”, an outdoor installation made of 4 boulders covered with steel skin arranged in a circle.
The rocks reflect the movements or the visitors on their reflective surface. The play of refracting lights occurs on objects weighing between 8 and 13 tons each. The added skin of high-polished steel, pink, blue, gold and lavender, is melded on the surface of the boulder to highlight its size and curves.