Lebanese artist Najla El Zein teamed up with lighting designer Maurice Asso to create the 'Wind Portal,' a towering eight-meter-high curtain made from 5,000 hand-folded paper windmills! Installed as a temporary gateway at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the art installation has been hailed as one of the must-see art pieces at this year's London Design Festival and it will be on display until November 3, 2013.
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.
Via My Modern Met
Images via Najla El Zein