Pneuhaus & Bike Powered Events
Commissioned by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Light City
Canopy is an interactive installation that invites its visitors to amplify their experience by becoming part of it: thanks to generators driven by each visitor’s pedaling, the installation comes to life. The tree-like light sculptures transform, illuminate, emit sounds and continuously expand, thanks precisely to the movement of each bicycle. Canopy encourages its visitors by offering them an interactive experience that emphasizes the generation of green electricity: each “cyclist” will see his or her own efforts transformed, while also engaging other viewers in an ever-changing vision. These sculptures are never still; their curves and movements are constantly changing through interaction. Canopy is the first collaboration between inflatable art and architecture studio Pneuhaus and Bike Powered Events, a Can-duit bicycle-based experience design company.
The work is inspired by the phenomenon of “Crown Shyness,” where the foliage of several nearby trees grow and shape themselves so that they do not touch each other, thus forming incredible patterns; thus Canopy’s individual units come together at full inflation to create a luminous web of color that extends to both active users and viewers. Canopy activates a collaborative process where everyone shares and circulates energy.
Pneuhaus is an American design and art studio, specialized in dynamic and lively transformation of public spaces. The sculptures and the immersive environment lead the visitors in the discovery of their senses, and in the joy of a shared experience. They are inspired by physics, biology and craft, and their work embodies the precepts of nature, both in form and in function.
Bike Powered Events designs interactive activities that engage audiences in fun, creative, and empowering ways. They activate and illuminate spaces, generating collaboration, positive energy, and wonder for all ages.