A garden of five origami mushrooms with caps that expand and contract from a flat umbrella portobello to a bulbous cap when visitors activate them, creating a surprising and delightful experience.
Each mushroom is made of 18 sheets of corrugated plastic, a total of 83 square meters, hand-folded and carefully welded together. A solid mechanical structure made of aluminum and steel defines the shape of the mushroom head. An umbrella-like mechanism powered by an industrial actuator causes the cap to change shape. Pressure pads, located at the base of the mushroom, activate the movement, and at night, over 1,600 LED lights create a spectacle for those near and far. Nearly every one of the hundreds of parts for each mushroom were custom made by the FoldHaus team.
Shrumen Lumen premiered at Burning Man 2016, and is currently on view at The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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Currently on exhibit
Shrumen Lumen is on exhibit for No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Available for public viewing March 30, 2018 – January 21, 2019.
Dubai Design District (D3), 2017
Burning Man, 2016