Prismatic

Submitted by Hou de Sousa

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Client: Georgetown BID and Art Omi

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Artist

Nancy Hou

Hou de Sousa

Artist

Josh de Sousa

Hou de Souosa

Overview

The design has to include lit elements. The dimensions of the piece are 27ft x 27ft x 9ft. The structure consists of painted rebar. Paracord is attached to the steel frame using vinyl zip ties.

Goals

Prismatic is a kaleidoscopic experience of light, color, and space that frames a myriad of perspectives. The piece is unique on all sides, encouraging the public to explore the exterior, as well as meander through its translucent “streets”. Iridescent cords weave between a light-weight steel lattice. Gaps between the cords provide transparency, while also producing a dynamic visual effect known as a moiré. As visitors turn their gaze or walk about the space, patterns in the background and foreground continuously converge and de-laminate, resulting in the perception that static surfaces are somehow in motion.

Process

My partner Nancy Hou and I designed a fabricated the piece. Our studio is called Hou de Sousa.