Kaleidome

Kaleidoscope in a Dome

Kaleidome is a public art installation by LAAB at a local town park in Hong Kong, organized by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation for “Jockey Club Community Arts Biennale 2015′′. Kaleidome reflects a blossom of light-and-shadow interplay, offering constantly changing moments that captivate the souls of urban strollers. In this public artwork, viewers are also creators. Together, they make various compositions of color-tinted reflections that transform the empty plaza into a flourished garden.

Between art and architecture, Kaleidome is a spatial intervention that invites interaction from its visitors.

Design & Process

Unique cells are nested to make rapid fabrication possible
Semi-sphere is made up of a series of unique primary groups based on Voronoi tesselation
Not only did the parametric model streamline the design and fabrication process, but it also minimized the amount of materials on dome construction.
Manual construction of 262 polyhedral cells
The cells packed in a curvilinear form also produce a dynamic visual effect, as they oscillate between opaque and transparent in viewers’ eyes.
Looking at the oculus, you will discover a network of veins composed of ultra-thin, almost invisible polygon profiles, visually juxtaposing the tree branches in the sky.

Reception


This project has taken a fresh approach on public art projects in Hong Kong. Unlike most public sculptures in Hong Kong, the visitors are encouraged to touch Kaleidome, or enter its space even, rather than just observing it from a distance.


In Asia, Kaleidome can be seen as a pilot project of emerging digital fabrication technique and the Makers’ Movement. While production for most design is usually outsourced to a contractor, in this project, the designers are also the builders. The culture of designer-builder is increasingly popular as part of the Makers’ Movement and Digital Revolution.