In order to study the role of temperature in metal surfaces, architects Doris Sung and Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter and structural engineer Matthew Melnyk created an installation called Bloom. This giant metal structure resembles a flower and is located in Los Angeles’ Materials and Applications courtyard.
This art piece measures 20-feet tall and opens and closes daily. Made of metal sheets organized in patterns, this mesmerizing structure was created for construction purposes. The panels have heat sensors that let them respond according to thermal changes and solar exposure. When they are cool, they form a barrier; however, when they are warm, they open up to allow air to enter and fan up the surface.
Bloom is both visually attractive and useful for future architectural projects.