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RadiaLumia

RadiaLumia is a geodesic sphere, five-stories tall, and covered with a breathing skin of forty-two origami shells and radiant spikes. Its shape nods to radiolaria, a tiny protozoa with intricate mineral skeletons that covered the desert thousands of years ago, when it was once the sea floor.  

From the outside, you can see the folds of the shells, made of corrugated polypropylene and illuminated with over 100,000 LEDs. Inside the sphere, a platform offers a place for people to retreat and look out to the surrounding landscape. The shells open and close in response to visitors’ presence, constantly in motion, sometimes protecting the intimate interior of the sphere, sometimes revealing a glimpse of its heart.

FoldHaus will bring this extraordinary experience to the Playa in 2018. We need your help to be able to complete the piece. Please consider supporting our Kickstarter campaign (coming soon), or making a tax-deductible donation to become part of our art.

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The Concept

 By day, RadiaLumia will provide shade for those inside and around the structure. In the bright sunlight, the shadows of each individual origami shell will create beautiful patterns. Visitors will enjoy the playful interaction with the sculpture, prompting the shells to open and close.    

By day, RadiaLumia will provide shade for those inside and around the structure. In the bright sunlight, the shadows of each individual origami shell will create beautiful patterns. Visitors will enjoy the playful interaction with the sculpture, prompting the shells to open and close.


 

 Inside the structure, visitors will find a place to rest, breathe, and enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding landscape, in community with others. Here, they can also discover the mechanism that creates the movement of each shell.

Inside the structure, visitors will find a place to rest, breathe, and enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding landscape, in community with others. Here, they can also discover the mechanism that creates the movement of each shell.

 

At night, RadiaLumia will be a dazzling spectacle, lit up with over 100,000 LEDs in intricately designed light patterns. It will be a way finding beacon from afar, and a place for celebration for the community. 

 

From paper to playa

  [1] Paper prototype (January 2018)   This initial paper model is roughly 4 feet wide, and shows how the movement of each shell will cover and expose the sphere. We developed numerous prototypes of the fold pattern until these were identified as the ones to scale. (This could be one of many patterns of movement.)

[1] Paper prototype (January 2018)

This initial paper model is roughly 4 feet wide, and shows how the movement of each shell will cover and expose the sphere. We developed numerous prototypes of the fold pattern until these were identified as the ones to scale. (This could be one of many patterns of movement.)

  [2] Full-size prototype of one shell (Feb)   In order to figure out how to create the movement of the shells, we have built a full-scale prototype of one, with off-the-shelf mechanical parts. This helps us understand the forces of the system and possible problems we will need to address going forward.

[2] Full-size prototype of one shell (Feb)

In order to figure out how to create the movement of the shells, we have built a full-scale prototype of one, with off-the-shelf mechanical parts. This helps us understand the forces of the system and possible problems we will need to address going forward.

[3] Interaction Design experiments (March 2018)

Computer animated prototypes let the Interaction Design team play with possible mechanical animations of shells.

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