As soon as June of next year, expect to see Ned Kahn’s massive Shimmer Wall installation draping the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, a 53,000 square foot addition to The Franklin Institute.
The Shimmer Wall is as enchanting as it sounds. It creates a visual representation of the sky, wind, and other natural elements
How does it work? From The Franklin Institute:
Kahn’s Shimmer Wall is a network of 12,500 five-inch-square clear-anodized aluminum panels hinged at one side only and able to freely move in the wind. During the day, the ever-changing wind pressure profile on the building will appear as undulating waves. At night, this movement will be converted into a very subtle light. In addition to revealing the changing patterns of the wind, the artwork boasts some environmental benefits, mainly the lack of direct energy use.