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The location of the Wind Portal marks the transition point from the old part of the museum into the museum’s new extension, the Daylit Gallery, which currently showcases fragments of the city during the Medieval Renaissance. The interactive gateway was created to heighten visitors’ awareness of the boundary through the play of light, sound, and shadow.

Each paper windmill was folded by hand and clipped onto upright plastic tubes. The installation was then connected to Asso’s computer program, which controls lighting as well as an integrated wind system. Electronic signals control when and where air is released to create beautiful patterns of movement that ripple across the installation. The lights can also be alternately dimmed or brightened to accompany the constant whirring sounds of spinning paper windmills.

+ Najla El Zein

+ Maurice Asso

Via My Modern Met

Images via Najla El Zein