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LOS ANGELES’ BLACK HOLE

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On July 13, 2005 @ 3:51 am In Architecture,Art | 4 Comments

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You could argue it’s astrophysically impossible to have a black hole within a black hole (we kid, we kid, LA peeps). Nonetheless, architects Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (from Materials & Applications [2]) have managed to reconstruct a featherweight rendition of “the deadliest force in the Universe” as a shade structure which hovers over M&A’s office on Silverlake blvd in Los Angeles. The shiny Mylar vortex has been slowing down traffic in front of 1619 Silverlake Blvd, as passersby stop to get a better look.


The installation, dubbed “Maximilian’s Shell”, was designed to create an environment for enhanced social interaction and contemplation in MA’s courtyard. During the day as the sun passes overhead, the canopy casts colored fractal light patterns onto the ground while a tranquil subsonic drone from an integrated ambient sound installation by composer James Lumb (Electric Skychurch) rumbles below the feet of visitors.

This looks very cool, and I wish I were in LA to see it for myself. The installation is only up until November 26th, so check it out if you live in the area.
More information is available at the M&A website: www.emanate.org [2]


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