At the High Museum in Atlanta, architecture studio SO–IL has installed Murmuration, a forest-like pavilion. Courtesy Fredrik Bauer Tucked in the middle of the High Museum of Art ’s sleek, white, gridlike buildings in downtown Atlanta, a new installation by internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm SO-IL opened on Friday, July 17th, a day before the museum’s official reopening. Murmuration , a swooping network of structural dips and peaks accented with Spanish moss, aims to draw people and migratory birds alike by recreating the sensory elements of local tree canopies. Formed from hollow, sky blue steel poles and kelly green trapeze netting, the installation suggests a hybrid environment of futuristic construction and swampy, living foliage. The scale and shape of Murmuration ’s architectural elements harmonize with the immediate skyline, falling uncannily between the neat rows of smaller, real trees that line the museum café and the austere facades of the surrounding buildings. Suspended over the museum’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza, the 2,350-square-foot sculptural pavilion is the sixth in a multi-year plaza activation initiative that brings interactive and transformative design to the outdoor space for free public viewing and programming. Installations in the piazza are open to the public and […]


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