Wind - Ned Kahn's "Wind Arbor"
Ned Kahn's "Wind Arbor" was born out of his interest in visualising air currents and experimenting with ways to make the wind visible.
It is cleverly weaved into the imposing architecture - the entire western facade of the hotel atrium - by providing it wind-animated surface which could provide a certain degree of shading without the ongoing maintenance of living plants.
The "Wind Arbor" is comprised approximately 260,000 aluminum flappers mounted on hinges and hanging from a stainless steel cable net structure so that they are free to move in the window.
When the wind slices through these panels, and with a touch of the sun, the result is a shimmering, ripple effect which would reveal an undulating pattern of light and shadows - and in turn the visibility of the wind.