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Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House Transformed by Color Installation

07:15 - 3 June, 2019
Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House Transformed by Color Installation, © John Faier
© John Faier

The Elmhurst Art Museum has unveiled details of a new installation taking place in the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House in Chicago. Designed by Luftwerk, a Chicago-based artistic collaborative of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, the “Parallel Perspectives” installation is a site-specific exhibition that uses color and light interventions to activate and interpret the house, celebrating the use of geometry in the mid-Century prefab prototype.

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Barcelona Pavilion Transformed into Grid of Lasers by Luftwerk & Iker Gil

13:00 - 11 February, 2019
Barcelona Pavilion Transformed into Grid of Lasers by Luftwerk & Iker Gil, Geometry of Light. Image © Kate Joyce
Geometry of Light. Image © Kate Joyce

A new laser light installation by Luftwerk and Iker Gil has transformed the Mies van der Rohe's famous Barcelona Pavilion. Dubbed Geometry of Light, the installation was designed to highlight the materials and architecture of the structure using light and sound. Taking cues from the pavilion's gridded plan and vertical planes, the light project was designed to create a new interpretive layer that traces, highlights and reimagines the pavilion itself.

Luftwerk to Illuminate Mies' Farnsworth House this Weekend

00:00 - 16 October, 2014
Luftwerk to Illuminate Mies' Farnsworth House this Weekend, © Kate Joyce, Courtesy of Luftwerk
© Kate Joyce, Courtesy of Luftwerk

Starting tomorrow (October 17), Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk will be transforming Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House into a “canvas of light and sound” with the digital installation, INsite. “An exploration of the philosophy of Mies through light,” INsite will offer an entirely new nighttime experience at the Plano residence that highlights the architecture’s famed characteristics with an interactive light show pulsating to the original “sonic exploration” of Owen Clay Condon.

A video preview of the installation, after the break.

Luftwerk Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform Mies’ Farnsworth House into Visual Spectacular

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
Luftwerk Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform Mies’ Farnsworth House into Visual Spectacular, © Luftwerk
© Luftwerk

The creative minds behind Luftwerk have turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund a project that would transform Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House into an immersive light show. Similar to their installation at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater residence in 2011, artistic duo Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero plan to illuminate the “structural minimalism and transparency” of the house in a way that would offer a new perspective of the modern masterpiece.

Check out a video of the proposed light show and Luftwerk’s work at Fallingwater, after the break...