Sabin's Lux Opens at Smithsonian Arts Festival in Washington, DC

knitted tubular structure strung across a large exhibition hall
Lux installed in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building. photo / Jenny Sabin
detail of knitted fabric in a web like configuration with longer tubes dropping from the center
Detail of Lux. photo / Jenny Sabin
Lux installed in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building. photo / Jenny Sabin Detail of Lux. photo / Jenny Sabin
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June 20, 2018

Lux, a new installation by Jenny Sabin Studio, opens on June 21 at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building in Washington, DC. The project is one of the featured exhibitions at the By the People arts festival.

A lightweight, knitted canopy structure of responsive tubular and cellular components, Lux employs textiles and photo-luminescent, solar-active fibers that absorb, collect, and deliver light. Working within the constraints of a historic site, the project spans one entire bay within the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building. It is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that will offer "spaces of respite, exchange, and engagement as the canopy filters light, casts dynamic shadows on the ground floor, and changes throughout the day," according to the project brief.

By the People is Washington, DC's largest international arts festival featuring performances, original art installations, and an augmented reality art hunt. Organized by Halcyon, other designers at the festival include Nick Cave, Maya Freelon, Dan Steinhilber, among others. The festival takes place from June 21–June 24 in various locations throughout the city.

Jenny Sabin Studio is led by Jenny Sabin, Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and the director of graduate studies for the Department of Architecture at AAP.

The project team includes Dillon Pranger (M.Arch. '15), Jingyang Liu (M.Arch.II '15, M.S. '19), Luigi Olivieri, and John Hilla.