Helix


HELIX, 2021

Client: Codina Partners for LUX Doral
Location

An interactive beacon of light that generates light effects as you move beneath it

Based on the dimensions of the golden ratio, Jen Lewin developed HELIX, a series of twenty-four spires laid out in the form of a nautilus shell, twisting upward. When you interact with this work, it creates an immersive environment that almost seems to envelop you in flames of rainbow light. We see the golden ratio all around us in nature—from the nautilus shell, to the petals of a lily, spiral galaxies, hurricane patterns, and even the ratios of human faces. Artists have used this mathematical principle throughout art history, and its proportions were mathematically approximated by the Italian mathematician known as Fibonacci. Lewin is interested in this form because it demonstrates how math prevails throughout the natural and built worlds, and how we as humans are drawn to the beauty found within our environments, and ourselves.

ANDANTE and HELIX comprise a pair of sculptures positioned at opposite ends of the Paseo that are designed to combine mathematical, musical, and dance principles into interactive experiences that stimulate multiple senses. Trained as a dancer, musician, and architect, Jen Lewin combines all of these disciplines in her visual work. Just as people can trigger sensors on ANDANTE and HELIX, the sculptures simultaneously activate the human senses—initiating a flow of energy between the artworks and the participants.


Edison Clouds

EDISON SCULPTURES, 2013–present

Interactive motion-sensing sculptures that reflect your silhouette

Lewin’s Edison series is a group of works that merge contemporary LED technology and interactivity with the historical incandescent lightbulb invented by Thomas Edison. In 2012, Edison bulbs ceased to be produced in the USA, prompting Lewin to begin this series using hand-blown glass bulbs custom designed to utilize LED light.

The original orb-shaped forms used in the Edison series evolved from the reuse of molds used to create The Pool in 2008.


BRAZE CLOUD, 2020

The BRAZE CLOUD is a cluster of five interactive orbs that utilize custom code and heat-mapping technology to reflect the motions of people below onto the sculpture.

The Edison Cloud by light artist Jen Lewin


BROOKFIELD CLOUD, 2019

The BROOKFIELD CLOUD is comprised of eight glass orbs made of welded metal rings with thousands of interactive LEDs attached. Using custom code written by the artist and heat-mapping technology, these clusters are programmed to reflect people moving below—glowing white, blue and purple. Featuring old-fashioned, handmade elements with complex interactive systems, this sculpture creates an interactive experience where people can control the forms seen in the clouds with their movements.

Light artist Jen Lewin installs the Brookfield Cloud


TULSA CLOUD, 2018

The TULSA CLOUD at Gathering Place consists of six glass orbs made of welded metal rings with thousands of interactive LEDs attached. Built using over 2,100 custom glass bulbs with hand-embedded RGB pixel LEDs and heat-sensing technology, it twinkles and shifts as participants move underneath it. The bulbs take the shape of Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, which went out of production in the USA in 2012. Bringing together an old-fashioned aesthetic with high-tech electronics, it creates an interactive experience where people can control the shapes seen in the clouds with their movements. 

The Edison Cloud by light artist Jen Lewin


EDISON CLOUD, 2013

Composed of 5,000 hand-welded metal rings, 3,000 vintage Edison bulbs, 3,000 hand-glued white LEDS, 3,000 custom cables, and over 60 custom controllers, the first EDISON CLOUD represents both an old-fashioned and  handmade mentality. By walking under the sculpture you will see a ghostly shadow above you, as if you are reflected by the sculpture. This work aims to create an experience in which the movement of your body brings both beauty and form to these digital glass clouds.

The Edison Cloud by Jen Lewin 2013
The Edison Cloud by Jen Lewin 2013


Andante


ANDANTE, 2021

Client: Codina Partners for LUX Doral
Location

An interactive wave of light and sound that you can compose with your motions

In music and dance, “andante” refers to a slow tempo, or gradual, fluid motions. Bringing together highly mathematical principles of music theory, the tones are based loosely on a pentatonic scale, which is often found in traditional Chinese music and sounds as if it shifts fluidly between major and minor tonalities. Multiple layers of sound allow for both range and depth depending on the speed with which you move beneath each sensor. This scale seems to ebb and flow like the shape of ANDANTE or the leap of a dancer—connecting your motions to your auditory, tactile, and visual senses. Similarly, the shape of the sculpture is derived from a musical staff in which each light tube becomes a bar of music. 

ANDANTE and HELIX are a pair of sculptures positioned at opposite ends of the Paseo that are designed to combine mathematical, musical, and dance principles into interactive experiences that stimulate multiple senses. Trained as a dancer, musician, and architect, Lewin unifies all these disciplines in her work. Just as people can trigger sensors on Andante and Helix, the sculptures simultaneously activate the human senses—initiating a flow of energy between the artworks and the participants.


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, traveling since 2020

An interactive traveling pool of light that illuminates at night, and reflects it surroundings by day

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. 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. 

REFLECT is a recent addition to Lewin’s “Have Art, Will Travel” program, a series of interactive sculptures that travel the globe for exhibitions. It has traveled to Tokyo as part of COSMOS, and was most recently exhibited at Domino Park in Brooklyn. 

Grants, Awards & exhibits

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


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