Brief: The Light Canopy is designed to be a tensile, 80 module, multi-state light filtration surface with invertible apertures that allow variable compositions of direct or reflected sunlight. It was designed in a Pratt Institute Architecture seminar designed and taught by Mark Parsons, titled "Fabric: Form and Performance." The material and CNC assembly process was donated by sponsor Sperry Sails.
Mark Parsons is an artist living and working in New York. He has been teaching at Pratt Institute for 10 years. As the Director of Production and Technology for the Architecture Program, Parsons has helped to develop the industry-sponsored educational programming.
Parsons journey as an artist includes a three-year voyage around the world in a 41-foot sailboat, and teaching appointments at Cornell, Pratt Institute, and Hunter College. He is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship through the U.S. Department of Education. Parsons' work ranges from large sculpture, to printmaking and large wall drawings. The work usually relies on collaboration during some portion of its development, and often brings artists or architects into its realization. Parsons thinks of these as portraits - of demographic networks. He has exhibited his work at the United Nations, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Provincetown Art Museum, the New Bedford Art Museum, CAFA Beijing, China, and numerous private galleries in New York City and elsewhere. He is currently working on a public commission in Washington DC.
Mark Parsons: http://thatartist.com/
Pratt Institute Architecture: http://www.pratt.edu/school_of_architecture
Sperry Sails: http://www.sperrysails.com/