Architectural Installation Changes Colors and Patterns with Perspective and Speed


Design studio Urbana founder Rob Ley and Indianapolis Fabrications built the project on the facade of a hospital in Indianapolis

Leah Gonzalez
  • 29 july 2014

For his latest project called May-September, Los Angeles-based design studio Urbana’s founder Rob Ley worked with Indianapolis Fabrication, the custom fabrication company that brought to life his design for the large-scale installation.

The large architectural installation was built on the facade of the Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. It features about 7,000 multi-color metal panels that are angled in such a way that they create a unique visual for people who view the facade from different vantage points, at various speeds, and at different times of the day.

According to Ley’s description of the project on his studio’s website, the project started as “an interest in challenging the typical notion of the parking structure,” which is usually overlooked and unappreciated by most people. The challenge was to transform the parking structure of the hospital into something attractive and interactive at the same time.


The massive architectural art piece spans 12,500 square feet and was constructed with painted aluminum flaps, custom aluminum extrusions, structural aluminum parts and stainless steel fasteners.

The metal panels were installed at an angle and created with an east-west color strategy so that they change colors and patterns depending on where the viewer is looking at them and at what speed they are moving. This means, people who are walking or driving near the installation will observe a slow change in color and pattern as they move across the hospital premises. Meanwhile, the viewers who are driving along the street will notice a faster change in the color depending on which direction they are traveling to.


The architectural installation changes from yellow to charcoal or the other way around depending on where the viewer is and at what pace they are moving. The unique facade brings attention and beauty to a structure that is typically unnoticed. It also shows how a structure that is usually overlooked can be used as a medium for large-scale art pieces that brings something new to the environment.



Source: Beautiful Decay


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