Ohio Flux


Flux Chandelier- 2017

Flux Chandelier is a custom, interactive, mesh network sculpture permanently installed at The University of Akron.

The sculpture is a series of four chandeliers throughout Zook Hall as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Ohio’s Percent for Art program. The sculptures sense the height and movement of people as they pass underneath, which is reflected in the movement, patterns, and colors of the lighting throughout all four installations.

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Sidewalk Harp

Three women interact with the Sidewalk Harp by light artist Jen Lewin
LED modules swirl and interact on the Sidewalk Harp by female artist Jen Lewin
A woman raises her hand to interact with the Sidewalk Harp by light artist Jen Lewin
The Sidewalk Harp by light artist Jen Lewin produces a warm pink glow

Sidewalk Harp – 2015

Sidewalk Harp is a permanent, outdoor interactive instrument in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the headquarters of the Be The Match Registry.

The Sidewalk Harp is played by passing your body through the 36 sensors capped with LEDs along the bottom of the 40-foot long stainless steel form. Much like plucking the string of a harp, passing through the sensors triggers custom circuitry and sensors to produce musical notes and LED colors. As the community gathers and plays together, they create a symphony of color that washes over the urban landscape. This act of engagement with others is just as much part of the art as the sculpture is itself.

The Be The Match Registry, operated by the nonprofit National Bone Marrow Donor Program, is the world’s largest hematopoietic cell registry, listing more than 10.5 million individuals and nearly 185,000 cord blood units. Hematopoietic cells from NMDP donors or cord blood units are used to transplant patients with a variety of blood, bone marrow or immune system disorders. As of January 2013, the National Bone Marrow Donor Program had facilitated more than 55,000 transplants worldwide.

The Laser Harp Series is an evolution of immersive installations using movement and laser light to trigger sound. Jen Lewin has been creating light harps since the mid 1990′s. These harps have varied from art installations, to stage and performance installations and large outdoor sculptures. The Sidewalk Harp is the second permanent installation in the series and the first to incorporate LED interactivity.

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Magical Harp

Magical Harps 

The Magical Harps are a series of  accessible, permanent, outdoor interactive play sculptures.  Played by moving, or dancing through the sculptures virtual “strings”, Lewin’s Harps create depth and tone that compliments accessible public activity and random or organized play.

Children and adults interact with the Magical Harp by light artist Jen Lewin
A child in a wheelchair smiles as she interacts with the Magical Harp by light artist Jen Lewin
Children and adults interact with the Magical Harp by light artist Jen Lewin
The Magical Harp by female artist Jen Lewin in Palo Alto, California
Looking up at the interactive modules of the Magical Harp by light artist Jen Lewin

Magical Harp, Magical Bridge: 2015

Magical Bridge Playground is the nation’s most innovative-inclusive playground, designed and built for visitors of all abilities. Designed to be a socially inclusive playground for children of varying physical and cognitive abilities, the Magical Bridge addresses the unique play needs of the many kinds of children in the community, creating awareness that today’s park designs are overlooking so many: the growing autistic population, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited and even our aging community. 
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Ashaun’s Harmonious Harp: 2019

This inclusive playground was created as part of  a wish from Ashaun, a 7-year-old Aurora resident who lives near Red-tailed Hawk Park. The Make-a-Wish Foundation contacted city of Aurora staff in the fall of 2017 explaining that this young man and his family would love to see a fully-accessible playground at the park because his favorite thing to do is to be with other kids who are laughing and playing. 
Red-tailed Park, in Aurora Colorado. 

People gather beneath Ashaun's Harp by light artist Jen Lewin
People interact with Ashaun's Harp by light artist Jen Lewin
Ashaun's Harp by light artist Jen Lewin


Magical Harp – Redwood City: 2020

The Magical Bridge Playground is a world-renowned concept developed first in Palo Alto and will soon debut in Redwood City. Designed to be socially inclusive for children and adults of varying physical and cognitive abilities, Magical Bridge Redwood City aims to go beyond typical playground designs, which often inadvertently overlook the growing autistic population, cognitively challenged, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited and the aging population. The Magical Bridge Foundation will collaborate with Redwood City on its second location due to its progressive parks and recreation program, financial generosity, and diverse community.

The City Council approved a partnership with the Magical Bridge Foundation to build an innovative and inclusive playground to open at Red Morton Park in late 2020.

 

Entry sign to the Magical Bridge Playground


Edison Orb

The Edison Orb on display, designed by Jen Lewin
Three Edisons Orbs suspended in The Kitchen, designed by Jen Lewin
The Edison Orb designed by Jen Lewin
Edison Orb by Jen Lewin, Photo by Nicholas James Photo
The Edison Orb suspended at The Kitchen, design by Jen Lewin
The Edison Orb illuminated and suspended above artist Jen Lewin
The Edison Orb by Jen Lewin
The Edison Orb by Jen Lewin
The Edison Orb at The Kitchen Chicago, lighting by Jen Lewin

Edison Orb

Lewin created her first Edison Orb by hand in 2011 while experimenting with recycled glass and aluminum.  Derived in form from the original designs and molds used to make her work “The Pool”,  the orbs are a beautiful example of recycling beauty and function. The fixtures, handmade by Jen Lewin Studio, cast a unique light pattern and transform spaces from private homes to commercial spaces. Featured in The Kitchen restaurants nationwide.

Each Edison orb is unique and is hand made by Jen Lewin and her team. 


Mini Pool

An aerial shot of the Mini Pool by light artist Jen Lewin
A young girl interacts with a platform of the Mini Pool by light artist Jen Lewin

Mini Pool – 2015

Mini Pool is a small permanent installation of my work The Pool in a public park in Singapore. Children and families flock to the park after dusk, when the heat subsides, to play together as a community. Two small installations create a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects of light and color. Installed flush with the ground surface, this colorful and interactive installation transforms the park into a destination.


Vintage Lighting

Arc Chandelier, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Kitchen Sconce, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Arc Chandelier, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Kitchen Sconce, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Edison Chandelier, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Kitchen Sconce, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Arc Chandelier, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Kitchen Sconce, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
Arc Chandelier, Vintage Lighting by Jen Lewin
The Arc Chandelier at The Studio Boulder, Vintage Lighting designed by Jen Lewin

Lighting Commissions

Above are a few selections from the many hand made illuminated works by Jen Lewin over the years.  While different from her more known interactive sculptures, these illuminated forms were derived while Lewin was experimenting with form, light, and reflection.

Many of these forms have inspired Lewin’s larger interactive works such as  The Aurora, or The Cloud.


Futo Chandelier

The Futo Chandelier at the Futo by Jen Lewin Winery
The Futo Winery
The Futo Chandelier at the Futo by Jen Lewin Winery
The Futo Chandelier at the Futo by Jen Lewin Winery

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Futo Chandelier

The Futo Chandelier is a private lighting commission for the Futo Winery. Handmade by Lewin in her  Boulder, Colorado studio, the lamp casts a unique light pattern from the LEDs installed in each glass bulb, transforming surrounding space.


Ceiling Element


Ceiling Element

The Ceiling Element by Jen Lewin was designed as both a light fixture and a mood generator. Videos, shapes, and colors project across the 40 foot long bar of “Session Kitchen” in Denver Colorado.  The colors, speed and projection are controlled by a custom tablet app giving the ability to manage the piece based on the time of day and vibe of the crowd.
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Stars In My Eyes

Stars in my eyes by Jen Lewin
Two attendees interacting with Stars in My Eyes by Jen Lewin
Two attendees reaching out to each other behind Stars in My Eyes by Jen Lewin

Stars In My Eyes

Stars In My Eyes is a work by Jen Lewin using retrofitted / vintage Carles Jr Stars on rotating articulating arms.   By rotating each star, participants play with and become part of the overall work.


Revolving M’s

An attendee interacts with the Revolving M by Jen Lewin
An attendee interacts with the Revolving M by Jen Lewin
An attendee interacts with the Revolving M by Jen Lewin

The Revolving M’s

The Revolving M’s are a playful series of classic American logobilia transformed through public interaction. Whether it be in commerce, effort or time, it’s undeniable that there are symbols that have become an unrecognizable part of life. The Ms allow participants to interact with some of these symbols without cultural pressure and reminds us that their real meaning lies in playful moments. Mounted on articulating arms, participants can impact and change these pieces to be playful, traditional, ironic, or nonsensical.


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