School of Architecture adjunct faculty member Jakob Marsico recently completed a commission for CMU's UPLift Challenge to design and fabricate a new light installation for the frequently travelled stairwell between the fourth and fifth floors in Wean Hall. SoA students Alvin Wong and Christoph Eckrich also contributed to the project.
Wean Hall's stark concrete stairwells, considered one of the less inspiring passages on CMU's campus, act as a major thoroughfare for students traveling from one corner of campus to the other. The UPLift Challenge's goal is to improve and "enlighten" campus spaces to the benefit of the University community.
The new light installation includes three panels each consisting of 30 custom-built acrylic light tubes which bisect a floating plane at fixed angles with varying amounts of rotation. All three panels were developed in unison to create a cohesive motion across all three sections. As a study in color theory, the installation presents a continuous pattern that reveals itself as visitors traverse the stairwell.
Learn more about the project and view additional images on the Ultra Low Res Studio website.