The Mylar Cloud Floating:
The Mylar Cloud, an installation by Pratt Institute’s graduate students engages the viewers of architectural models and two dimensional images through its very interesting design. The cloud-like installation floats to create spaces of different interiors and exteriors, each allowing for models to be proudly exhibited and viewed. Designed and engineered using Rhino and Kangaroo, the installation is an interesting combination of both: a surface and a structure. The cloud is composed of material used for this surface and structure is mylar, cardboard, medium-density fiberboard, and tyvek. Mylar panels were cut by laser and held together with grommets.
Visitors of the space are invited to view the models by standing within openings in the bottom surface of the cloud. Being within the installation, in the ‘interior’ space, the models are displayed at eye level. The openings are distributed in a way that allows the visitors to view the models on “real architectural terms” according to Michael Szivos, a co-teacher of the exhibition course. The tyvek panels form an interesting surface concealing the models within the installation. This draws people to engage and experience the structure in order to discover the displayed projects.