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Canopy is a site-specific installation created in October 2013 for the Atrium Court of Hamilton Hall at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. This interactive work was created in conjunction with the Creating Exhibitions: Collaboration in Planning, Development, and Design of Interpretive Experiences symposia. A giant gridded canopy of paper umbrellas filters the immense architectural experience of the hall to a more immediate experience. Canopy is ever-changing. Each of the 100 umbrellas is hung by a string from a bamboo grid above. The height of each umbrella and its position is manipulated by participants. By pulling on a rope and handle, participants can raise or lower an individual umbrella, securing it by placing the handle in a bamboo box mounted along the side of the room. What results from this interaction is a unique, fluid three-dimensional sculpture in the air, evolving with each movement and action. Canopy challenges visitors to re-consider their relation to their environment. Such a relationship is not a static one, but rather dependent on event and circumstance. Canopy engages one in the mediation of their individual self to the space and community around them.

Location: University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Media: paper umbrellas, wood, bamboo, rope, hardware, LED lights
Dimensions: height ca. 40’, grid ca.48’x 96’
Commissioning Agency: University of the Arts

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