American designer Kyle Schumann devised in collaboration with Katie MacDonald bench "Lightwave", a sculptural creation installed on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca in upstate New York.

This outdoor art installation integrates the heart of the campus and is accessible to all. Treated like a dreamlike landscape, it develops its irregular curves and undulating surface. A composition made of assembled pieces of wood vertically on rack letting in the light in its interstices. "Lightwave" conceals a lighting system under the wooden battens and highlights the colored surfaces of the frame of the bench. A piece that blurs the perception of the visitor, the wood seems to float in the air and the peaks and valleys that shape its surface sound like invitations to sit, lie down and relax.


On this project, the designer Kyle Schumann says:

"An exterior facility and public seating element with a landscape-inspired design, Lightwave AIMS to bring the art of spectacle into the utilitarian typology of public seating while providing good aussi a highly available long-term public art installation in the heart of campus.

Nestled entre gorges and icy lake was Cornell's campus is defined by a landscape of rock and water. The water, in constant motion, HAS shaped the immovable rock into rugged shapes and steep ravines. From this sublime landscape, has new furniture Emerges, a wave of water breaking through the rock.

A grid of square timbers forms an undulating wavelike surface. The area's crests and troughs Provide a variety of seating alcoves, spaces for sitting, laying, lounging, climbing, and viewing. The vertical timbers are defined by a grid of gaps, Allowing light to Penetrate and soak into the seating. The Seemingly disjunct members are bolted onto an interior framework qui Allows the seat to cantilever off the ground as the wave crests, Creating the illusion of timbers floating in midair.

The interior sides of the timbers are painted a variety of bright colors, Creating a Range of colored light qui Emerges from the furniture, an effect augmented That Is at night with a system of embedded lights. The furniture is made of a local black locust timber, qui will mature from a clean blond to a weathered gray patina with age as transforming it slowly Adjusts to the site.

While the top of the bench area is continuous, it is Primarily Composed of 6 "tall posts, leaving the hollow interior. Inside, small beams span entre les perimeter posts mounted on a structural framework qui Distributes weight to furnace steel feet. To construct the form, 264 black locust posts Were CNC milled, sanded, painted, and assembled into an undulating grid.

Born of Ithaca's sublime terrain, Lightwave is Both an ode and an invitation; it celebrates the landscape with mimicry and Welcomes the public with luminous splendor. "

For more information, visit the website Kyle Schumann

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