“Serpentine” for Illuminus Boston- Art Made With Art


Client: Illuminus Boston

Location: Boston, MA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Project Manager

Emily Castro

Studio HHH


Vanessa Till Hooper

Studio HHH


Pamela Hersch

Studio HHH


Stephen Gleason

Studio HHH

Design of Pixie

Cynthia Thompson



C&W Engineers


Serpentine is a part of ILLUMINUS, Boston’s contemporary arts festival featuring original works by artists who work in the medium of light and sound.

Designed by Studio HHH, this installation’s elements are eight identical “Pixies”, themselves designed by sculptor (and Transformit founder) Cynthia Thompson, MFA. Movement and color crossing all surfaces tie the individual elements together into a singular whole, creating a serpentine form arcing through the large glass atrium.

Each Pixie is a stretch-fabric sculpture, 9′ x 17′ x 2′. Studio HHH configured them into a 40’ serpentine array, suspending them from the lobby ceiling of the Exchange at 100 Federal Street in Boston, Massachusetts. All were completely enveloped with projection-mapped video art to create a fluid and ever-changing visual experience.

The result was a sculptural experience that offered interactions unique to each viewer’s approach to the piece, whether this was seated or walking below, passing by outside on foot, more rapidly by car, or viewing from afar.


Illuminus is an annual celebration of light in Boston, scheduled to coincide with the longest nights of the year. For their building at 100 Federal Street, Boston Properties commissioned Studio HHH to create an impactful art installation worthy of its iconic glass atrium.


Studio HHH rented these "ready-made" sculptures from Transformit, a sustainable, low-impact solution for a seasonal, temporary art installation. Transformit provided instruction and technical assistance to the installation crew, as well as a 3d CAD model of the Pixies to the projection team.

Additional Information

In 2019, this project won an Award of Excellence and Best in Category, Fabric Art from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Commissioned by 100 Federal’s owner, Boston Properties Design: Studio HHH, Somerville, MA Fabrication: Transformit Installation: C&W Engineers Project Manager: Emily Castro