This past weekend in Philadelphia, 100 orbs of light floated in the Schuylkill River, glimmering and changing color in response to the activity of passers-by on shore. The installation, designed by Howeler + Yoon Architecture, is enabled by RFID tags—when a visitors sit on the landed orbs, the floating ones respond by changing the pattern of light spanning the river, without any physical tether between land and water.
Sadly, the installation was only three days long, but we did find this fantastic video of what it feels like in person, peppered with some local Philadelphia perspective.
Our favorite part of this is the installation process involved kayaks and a paddleboat— we can only imagine...
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.