Exhale Pavilion was designed to complement evening programs at Art Basil Miami Beach, which include video and performance pieces as well as an impressive DJ lineup during the fair. The piece opened yesterday, featuring seven miles of rope unfurled over 25,000 sq ft. Rotem and Huoang‘s piece was inspired by the bioluminescent effect that occurs naturally in algal blooms in the ocean. The installation also features sensors that detect wind conditions and send signals to a computerized light control system.
Rotem and Huoang also carefully considered the lifecycle of their installation — all the materials used will be either recycled or donated at the end of the show. The seven miles of rope will be donated to a non-profit organization, and the concrete bases will be donated to the Department of Environmental Resources Management in Florida to be used to create artificial reef in the waters off Miami Beach.