THE SKY LACE

2012 BSA Glow Competition Entry

 

The Sky Lace uses light and familiar patterns to unify the disparate elements of Copley Square. The woven light, seemingly floating in the night sky, creates a new center for the Square. The Sky Lace is intricate and elegant, yet aware of Boston’s history, one of America’s oldest great cities. This levitating, detailed fabric enlivens Copley’s landmark buildings while evoking a feeling of shelter and a sense of place.

A reticella collar in a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, 1613

This design provides definition to Copley Square, which in a very Bostonian manner, houses traditional and modern elements. The square contains mismatched elements–a ticket booth, statues, churches, skyscrapers, fast food restaurants, hotels, office buildings, a fountain, trees, public transport, parking and pedestrians. A single element was sought to unite them all. A tent or a canopy initially seemed ideal: a temporal structure that is visually light yet provides protection and defines the space. A tents’ association with festivity and collectivity would be fitting with the public nature of Copley Square, yet it should not enclose the space, nor limit the views.

The Sky Lace is woven ElectroLuminescent wires suspended above Copley Square.

Reticella is a needle lace dating from the 15th century and remaining popular into the first quarter of the 17th century.

A permeable low mass membrane was designed to allow the sunlight and the views of the surrounding buildings or sky, while providing visual interest, and unity. The woven surface creates a pattern of light and shadow during the day and at night creates an illumination that is both functional and captivating at a distance and at close proximity.