Snarkitecture fills New York gallery with lights that resemble "large lollipops" - architecture and design

Snarkitecture fills New York gallery with lights that resemble "large lollipops"



New York studio Snarkitecture has filled a Manhattan gallery with 168 white spherical orbs that light up in a blue hue when touched.
Snarkitecture designed the immersive Sway installation for a gallery at Intersect ? a cultural hub in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, run by car manufacturer Lexus.

It comprises multiple rows of white plastic spheres hanging from the ceiling and sprouting from the floor. The arrangement of the orbs reflect each other from above and below. The rows repeat, gradually shortening in height from the ceiling and ground, effectively opening up the space.
They are supported by flexible, swaying poles. Snarkitecture co-founder Alex Mustonen likens their shape to ''large lollipops''.

Inside each sphere are LED lights that change colour as the visitor moves through the exhibit. The activation of the light sensor uses the same technology that triggers the shifting orientation of a smartphone screen when the phone is rotated. The lights are connected to electronic motherboards on the ceiling and floor that "speak to each other" to simultaneously light up upon interaction. ''As you move through, it is a field of spheres that respond to your touch points and movement,'' Mustonen told Dezeen.

''They're illuminating or changing colour based on speed, motion and direction,''  he continued. ''The idea is essentially to create this immersive feel, in a relatively small space."
Unlike most of the studio's large-scale projects in public spa...
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