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Shades controlled by the weather

Shade by Simon Heijdens

The projections are constantly changing, depending on the wind conditions and path of the sun over the course of a day.

Shade by London designer Simon Heijdens is the launch of a new, self-developed material that applies as a film to glass surfaces, which through blocking and passing daylight forms a spacial projection of shadows and sunlight. The film holds a grid of triangles that each individually fade between transparent and opaque, and hence block or pass light. The graphic shadows projected on the floor, walls and ceiling of the space reveal the geometrical wind patterns that pass the building on the other side of the glass, as choreographed by the measurements of an outdoor sensor.

As the angle of light and patterns of wind are continuously changing throughout the day and year, the perpetual character of the artificial space is reconnected with an evolving, unplanned natural timeline.

Shade is commissioned by the Art Institute Chicago , and applied to the recently opened Modern Wing of the museum as part of the Hyperlinks exhibition that runs up to July 20, 2011.

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Shade by Simon Heijdens

Shade by Simon Heijdens

Shade by Simon Heijdens

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