The Aurora

The Aurora by Jen Lewin
The Aurora by Jen Lewin

The Aurora – 2021

Existing at the intersection of art and technology, The Aurora is a 29-foot-tall, 720-pound experiential sculpture in which both human interaction and weather factors create swirling patterns of color and light. The title of Lewin’s work references the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights—naturally occurring light phenomena that are visible in the northern sky during fall and winter months. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of these organic light forms, Lewin programmed her work to change color based on the weather in Minneapolis. Below The Aurora are eight platforms that respond to touch, encouraging visitors to actively participate in an ever-changing composition. Uniting nature, humanity, and technology, Lewin’s work underscores the dynamic interactions between people and environment.

The Aurora features hundreds of color palettes with over 10,000 interactive LEDs that are programmed to reflect the seasons and live weather conditions in Minneapolis. The artwork consists of 23,000 aluminum rings formed into a wispy, honeycomb-like structure that evokes the solar wind patterns that create the Aurora Borealis in real life. 2,667 hand-blown glass bulbs are attached to the structure, each with three light-emitting diodes inside.

The Aurora was completed in 2021 and was jointly commissioned by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and the Airport Foundation MSP. A 16-member Blue Ribbon Artist Selection Panel chose Lewin for the project because of her extensive experience creating new media and interactive sculptures for public use and enjoyment.


Reflect

Reflect by Jen Lewin. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging; edited by Gregory LaRico
Reflect by Jen Lewin. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging; edited by Gregory LaRico
Reflect by Jen Lewin. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging; edited by Gregory LaRico
Reflect by Jen Lewin. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging; edited by Gregory LaRico
Reflect by Jen Lewin. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging; edited by Gregory LaRico

Reflect: 2020
Reflecttraveling since 2020

LEDs, wireless controller, dichroic acrylic, high-density polyethylene, and custom electronics
Dimensions variable

Reflect is an immersive experience in which play activates swirling pools of color and light. During the day, dichroic film on the platforms mirror the sky, creating a surreal space in which the lines between the sculpture and the surrounding environment are blurred. Daytime visitors will experience a sensation as if they were swimming through clouds, while nighttime viewers will be met with a cosmic expanse of light. Inspired by organic patterns found in nature, Lewin developed platforms that contain vibration-sensing technology that changes color in response to touch—encouraging viewers to actively participate in an ever-changing composition. Uniting nature and technology, Reflect underscores the ripple effects that each individual has on their community and habitat, the energy of human connection, and the power of collective action.

Reflect is the newest work in Lewin’s “Have Art Will Travel Program,” which seeks to create dynamic, participatory, public art experiences worldwide. Lewin’s traveling works provide an unprecedented level of interactivity and can transform the way we interact with art and each other. It has also been exhibited as part of a larger installation titled Cosmos

Grants, Awards & exhibits

EXHIBITIONS
2020 – Takanawa Gateway Fest
2021 – Domino Park, Brooklyn NYC


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