A mesmerizing public art installation uses kinetic energy to mimic a visual representation of space and time
Mask Architects designs a public art installation that utilizes kinetic energy to create an interactive piece mimicking a sculptural black hole. The young international architecture and design firm is a multidisciplinary studio comprised of architects, engineers, designers, and planners based out of Istanbul, Germany, and Italy. According to the studio, their design ethos combines science, architecture, and technology in the form of parametric and kinetic design methods.
Their latest project, “Hole Zero + Timeless Kinetic Art Sculpture,” is a design submission for a new public art installation that will be located in Nuevo Polanco, Mexico City. Mexican investment and real estate development company MASSIVart and MIRA created an open call in 2020 inviting artists and designers to create a landmark in the city that also aligns with the artistic direction of MIRA and MASSIVart as well as the artistic vision of Neuchatel Cuadrante Polanco. Out of the 340 project submissions, Mask Architects was selected as one of the five finalists. Designed by Öznur Pınar Çer and Danilo Petta, the studio founders aimed to design an interactive piece that comes to life during the day and night. The installation is the first of its kind using interactive spiral movement and rotating lattice loop structures. According to the design team, controlled kinetic panels located on the latticed loops respond to human movements and environmental data collected on-site.
” Users can take an imaginary trip within a black hole, play with our intergalactic adventures kinetic installation structures and be the first to explore a black hole,” shares the duo. “People will see our immersive structure from any point in the square and also from the buildings according to the placement of the structure. Through the day and night, users will be able to interact with our structure with kinetic lighting installation and modular movements.”
According to MASSIVart and MIRA, the final selected project and its construction will take place between October 2020 – March 2021.