Installation view of Meadow. Photo by J.W. Kaldenbach. © Studio Drift.
Studio Drift: Meadow
Amsterdam-based art and design collective Studio Drift is known for its large-scale installations centered on the relationship between humans, nature, and technology. Studio Drift: Meadow is the American debut of their “upside-down landscape,” a masterwork of kinetic lighting comprising eighteen mechanical blossoms that open and close in response to visitors passing below them. Inspired by the biological behavior of nyctinasty—the ability of certain plants to bloom in the daytime and close their petals at night, visitors operate as sunlight “proxies,” activating motion sensors that cause the petals to react and change color in their presence. The silk flowers are dyed in gradient shades that harmonize with colored LED lights to evoke the changing tones of a skyscape as dawn transitions to dusk.