Bartlett architects create Nevada Museum of Art installation

Mark Wilding

Surface Tension installation

Moving network of 2000 parts represents planet’s water cycle

An art installation by two Bartlett School of Architecture lecturers has opened at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, USA.

Mark Smout and Laura Allen were commissioned by the museum to produce the main installation for the Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices, and Architectural Inventions exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Geoff Manaugh, author of architecture website BLDGBLOG.

Smout and Allen’s installation, Surface Tension, is an eight-metre-high moving network of more than 2,000 individual parts, representing the planet’s water cycle.

Allen said: “The installation and our associated drawings, models and devices which are also exhibited, attempt to negotiate the role of the built environment within the uncertain territory of environmental change.

“Our work explores real sites and scenarios, is informed by policy papers and the world of hypothetical architectural schemes as well as vernacular and developing technologies.”

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