RESEARCH + DESIGN

This wall paper, made entirely out of recycled material, lines the gallery walls with a play of reflection and light. The material was invented by NASA to insulate everything from the Hubble Space Telescope to blankets, rockets, and rovers, this strong, light, plastic, vacuum-metalized film, encases the air. The material offers a memory of how early space exploration induced a profound shift in popular imagination and an architecture of technological extrapolation, while also drawing interest in its material effects and admiring the gentle reflective play of light. The excess material after developing the large scale inflatables was sawed in one inch strips and mounted to the wall based on patterns that permitted variation in light play.

The material is rooted in a history of architectural and art performances including Graham Stevens’ Desert Cloud, a pneumatic installation in the desert, which would levitate from natural heating and Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds an exhibition of fans and mylar balloons partially filled with helium to promote their floating dance. Also, Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) produced a ninety-foot tall inflated mylar balloon ceiling situated inside the Pepsi Pavilion at the 1970 Osaka Expo.