Shrumen Lumen (2016)
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.
Shrumen Lumen is based on an origami crease pattern called Waterbomb Base pattern, and inspired by the unique transformation of the Origami Magic Ball, designed by origami artists Yuri and Katrin Shumakov, who were first to enclose the pattern and create its beautiful movement. Read more about their work here.
Thank you to our supporters
Shrumen Lumen was made possible by the work and contributions of many. In particular, we'd like to thank Burning Man Arts and IDEO for their generous support, as well as the supporters of our Kickstarter campaign.
Currently on exhibit
Shrumen Lumen is on exhibit for No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Available for public viewing April 26 – September 2, 2019.
Shrumen Lumen is currently also on view at Pacific Place in Hong Kong, China as part of the installation LUMENous GARDEN. Open to the public from March 19 – April 14, 2019.
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C, 2018
Dubai Design District (D3), 2017
Burning Man, 2016