By using solar energy, a thermobimetal system can be smartly designed to block the sun. This strategy is especially useful when trying to prevent solar heat gain and glare to enter a building, while using no energy and needing no controls.
New York, NY | Chicago, IL | Los Angeles, CA
Comprised of about 1,100 rotating pieces, “Drift” is a kinetic chandelier that is designed to demonstrate the heat responsiveness of the material. When theater lights focus on the thermobimetal portion of the individual pieces, the heat-sensitive material curls and throws the center of gravity off to one direction. Counterweighted by equivalent stainless steel pieces, the vertically-oriented pieces will slowly rotate to become horizontal, mimicking a school of fish swimming against the current. When the light to another location on the piece, the individual pieces uncurl and return back to their original vertical position.
This project with two others were invited to exhibit at three different one-day events, sponsored by Toyota Prius and The Creator’s Project. For this purpose, the project was designed to quickly assemble and dissemble at locations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The project will eventually be permanently installed in the Toyota new headquarters in Plano, Texas.
Credits and Information
MATERIALS: Thermobimetal, stainless steel, steel, acrylic
PROJECT TEAM: Doris Sung, Adelfrid Ramirez, Justin Kang, Rene Zarate, Tiffany Chien, Stephanie Truong, Sam Kim, Madeleine Sung, Kimberly Wiebe
STATUS: Project completed and exhibited at New York (Industria), Chicago (Fulton Revel Market) and Los Angeles (Neuehouse) in 2016.
FUNDING: Private funding from Toyota Prius and The Creators Project
The Creators Project, a subsidiary of VICE, invited me to produce an original project for these one-day events. Three artists were selected to exhibit.