This beautiful Bayou Luminescence installation by IsssStudio and PATH was one of ten projects commissioned by the American Institute of Architects in New Orleans, and quite frankly, one of the most intriguing. Made of a synthetic urethane rubber skin etched with mesmerizing geometric patterns and stretched over a steel frame, the conjoining lantern is large enough to walk into and glows from within.
Yet another exploration in material – like the recently featured inverted couch in Croatia – Bayou Luminescence gets its name from bioluminescence, which describes the phenomenon whereby a living organism emits its own light. Its form is designed to point to something that is cellular and part of a larger organism and the illuminated rubber skin definitely invites some kind of interaction.
Bayou Luminescence is a temporary and self-supporting structure that can be relocated very easily. Its design and installation formed part of the annual New Orleans DesCours art and architecture event that took place last December, and was placed at the end of a dark alley in Marigny. The collaborative effort between Igor Siddiqui ad Matt Hutchinson can be scaled down or up and remains an evolving experiment for the two designers.