atelier ted noten: '...ever seen a vertical rainbow?' atelier ted noten: '...ever seen a vertical rainbow?'
jan 25, 2010

atelier ted noten: '...ever seen a vertical rainbow?'

contemplating the void: interventions in the guggenheim museum solomon r. guggenheim museum, new york february 12th to april 28th, 2010

since opening in 1959, the frank lloyd wright-design guggenheim building in new york, has served as a place to challenge artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. the central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years. for its 50th anniversary, the solomon r. guggenheim museum has invited more than 200 architects, artists and designers to imagine their dream visions in the space for the upcoming exhibition ‘contemplating the void: interventions in the guggenheim museum’. organized by nancy spector, chief curator, and david van der leer, assistant curator for architecture and design, the exhibition will feature renderings of these visionary projects in a salon-style installation which will emphasize the diverse range of the proposals received.

‘…ever seen a vertical rainbow?’ by atelier ted noten image courtesy of atelier ted noten

atelier ted noten is one of the participating designers in the exhibition. his contribution, ‘…ever seen a vertical rainbow?’, is a decorative intervention which brings attention to the extraordinary curves of the guggenheim’s central rotunda. noten wanted to bombard the void with a massive quantity of swarovski crystals.

hanging down from the building’s ceiling, a container will spit out dosed portions of gemstones through a 120" wide liquid curtain falling to the floor. the stones will be collected in a transparent container on the ground floor, and an aspirator will then lead the stones back up to the ceiling dispenser. every 5 minutes, a new curtain will drop, with the transparent stones being illuminated by a prismatic color lamp installed on the museum’s third floor rail. when the light hits the crystals, it will give the appearance of a rainbow. every 5 minutes, the noise of falling stones and the colors of the rainbow reflecting from the stones onto the walls and curves of the museum will startle the guggenheim visitors. rendering of the vertical rainbow image courtesy of atelier ted noten

a prismatic color lamp is installed on the third floor rail of the museum, hitting the crystals as they fall drawing by atelier ted noten

as the crystals pass the light, they create a curtain of rainbow colors image courtesy of atelier ted noten

the crystals fall into a container on the ground floor and an aspirator leads the stones back up to the ceiling to repeat the cycle image courtesy of atelier ted noten

  • wow this is really pretty, but not original. It reminds me very much of Anish Kapoor’s “Ascension” I saw in Galleria Continua Beijing a few years back… with the same idea of void perception.

    baobabs says:
  • It’s certainly better than the balloon design, and quite lovely, but once again, just an advertisement gimmick for Swarovski, it seems to me. Also, I think ‘startling’ people with sound… it seems an attention getting device that should be unneccessary.

    pasha says:

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