CHROMAtex

Submitted by SOFTlab

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Client: bridgegallery

Location: New York, NY, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $30,000

Project Team

Artist

Michael Szivos

SOFTlab

Industry Resource

Matt Clark

ARUP Structural Engineering

Overview

CHROMAtex is a site specific installation designed and produced by SOFTlab for the bridgegallery. The installation was designed to produce a complex environmental and spatial combination of six colors. The color is mixed in the interior of the form leaving a vibrant interior that is back lit by the gallery.

Goals

Viewers experience the interior through a series of portals designed to offer a specific glimpse into the piece starting from the front of the gallery. The installation was not only designed with the interior of the gallery in mind but also responds to the street, drawing people in. The largest portal into the piece is attached to the front window of the gallery completely obscuring the interior of the gallery except for the glass door into the gallery. Viewers are invited to look into the colored interior only to enter the gallery and see an all white exterior textured in thousands of binder clips. It is this contrast that makes the portals into the piece so sensational.

Process

We collaborated with Matt Clark, a structural engineer at Arup, on the overall structural stability of the geometry.