Prismatic Installation in Washington, DC by Hou de Sousa Glows in the Dark
Hou de Sousa‘s Prismatic lit up the night in Washington during “Georgetown Glow,” an exhibition of outdoor light installations. Led by Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa, a total of eight designers, engineers, and volunteers assembled Prismatic.
The installation was comprised of 10 cord colors, 55,000 linear feet of cord, and 333 frame facets, and was assembled over four weeks.
To create the site-specific installation for “Georgetown Glow,” Hou de Sousa visualized a cubic volume containing a prism, then fragmented the shape into nine segments using Rhinoceros software.
The framework consisted of 790 pieces of steel rebar.
The welding process alone took two weeks.
Nylon parachute cord was strung between the rebar lattices.
Cords were up to 300 feet long.
The installation was assembled at a metal shop in Brooklyn, New York, loaded onto a flatbed truck, and transported to the site.
Once at the site, the Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza, Prismatic was fitted with weatherproof ultraviolet LEDs, which were lit every night from November 28 to January 6.