Compound Camera

Submitted by Pneuhaus LLC


Client: Pawtucket Arts Festival

Location: Pawtucket, RI, United States

Completion date: 2017

Project Team




Pawtucket Arts Festival


Compound Camera is an immersive dome comprised on 109 inflatable pinhole cameras that each cast a live projection of the surrounding environment. Together they create a stunning tessellated panorama likened to standing inside the eye of a fly. As visitors touch the textile walls they adjust the focal range of the image just as our eyes relax and contract to focus.


The Pawtucket Arts Festival celebrates the creative of the region, inviting residents into the beautiful Blackstone River Valley to build community around the arts. The Compound Camera contributed to this goal, transforming the familiar park grounds by rendering them newly stunning and creating a space for open, shared experience.


Pneuhaus developed the material solutions for this project over the course of many months. The collective was inspired by the 2,500 year old technology of the camera obscura and combined their shared fascination for the science of optics with their engineering expertise to create this novel reworking of an ancient idea.