Anca TRANDAFIRESCU & Glenn WILCOX (area.architecture), LUMANOTUS.
    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Anca TRANDAFIRESCU & Glenn WILCOX (area.architecture): LUMANOTUS is comprised of 3 large scale inflatable/inhabitable structures: a Tower, a double torus, and a pod. From November 13–17, 2012 they were installed in Winston Square Park, Winston Salem, NC. The installation, created in collaboration with lighting design students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Norman Coates, Director of the Lighting Program, comprised the annual Winston Salem Lighting Project. The structures were illuminated by both projected and animated lighting media. Throughout each evening 4 separate computer controlled lighting sequences animated the pieces transforming the space of the park.

    The inflatables were constructed at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning utilizing the departments computer controlled ZUND knife cutter. Trandafirescu and Wilcox were also assisted in the assembly by a team of graduate students from the program.

    The project was made possible with generous public support, funding from UNCSA, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AT & GW: Ant Farm, Hans Rucker, Claes Oldenberg + Coosje vanBruggen, Gordon Matta-Clark, Christo + Jeanne Claude.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    AT & GW: Reading Monument Wars by Kirk Savage; listening to Pandora’s Yo La Tengo channel.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    AT & GW: Anna Hepler, Ernesto Neto, Lead Pencil Studio, Interboro Partners.

    Additional credits and links:

    Design Principals: Anca Trandafirescu and Glenn Wilcox.
    Structural Consultant: Peter Von Beulow.
    UM Student Assembly Team: Secil Taskoparan, Joshua Kehl, Rebecca Braun, Le Nguyen, Jake Newsum, Jeremy Luebker, Erika Lindsay.
    Director of the UNCSA Lighting Program, Winston Salem Light Project Director: Norman Coates.
    UNSCA Lighting Designers: Conner “Mack” Smith, David Palmer, Scout Hough, Bridg Haifley.


    Anca Trandafirescu and Glenn Wilcox are principals at area.architecture and Professors of Architecture @ Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

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