Interactive sculptor Jen Lewin is returning to Burning Man this August 27 – September 4, 2017, with her latest piece, Aqueous, a 10,000 square foot illuminated and interactive light sculpture. This installation marks Lewin’s fifth honorarium from Burning Man and her eighteenth year participating in the annual festival.
“I wanted to create a global, interactive and traveling work that could evoke the evolution of symmetry and beauty seen in organic systems,“ says Lewin. ““Every decision in the creation of this work, from its thousands of lines of internal code to its custom form generation, its custom wiring harnesses, custom hardware and even the customized shipping crates, focus on making a work that can truly move and interact with the community throughout the world. These decisions are part of the core of the artwork itself.”
Inspired directly from looking the evolution of symmetry in natural systems, Aqueous is one of the first pattern based physical sculptures of its size and scale. Composed of hundreds of interactive, stand alone, modular platforms derived directly from the Golden Ratio, Aqueous grows to create a landscape of flowing modular light, controlled not from a single computer, router, or graphic system, but instead from the raw code that can process human interaction on each of Aqueous’s many independent yet connected platforms.
Aqueous is part of Lewin’s “Have Art, Will Travel” program, a series of interactive sculptures that travel the globe for short and long term exhibitions. Aqueous will be featured at Burning Man this September, and then in November at Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles.
Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor based in New York City. Over the last 15 years, Lewin has honed her highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound, and motion to encourage community interaction. Focusing on pieces made for public use, she thinks beyond a traditional art exhibition to create an experience that brings vibrancy to neighborhoods, parks, and public spaces. Lewin’s dynamic traveling and permanent sculptures can be found all over the world.