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MIT 150: Ice Wall

04 Mar 2011 / 0 Comments / in Architecture

MIT 150 Installation
During MIT’s 150 anniversary, our school hosted an open house even to the public. This gave opportunity to display the latest architectural innovations of our school, both for professors and students. I covered a few of the installations and documented so they could end up in the designers portfolio.


IceWall, by Yushiro Okamoto and Kian Yam, and SLAVE team
Location: Killian Court
Installed: February 20 – March 2011

MIT150 celebrates past innovation and achievement, while acting as a catalyst for the next generation. In this spirit, IceWall plants a new future, even as its own seemingly fades away during the Festival of Art, Science and Technology. The installation consists of blocks of ice stacked on each other, creating one continuous surface facing the Charles River. Each block will have flower seeds frozen inside, visible during the Festival. The wall will be lit at night, creating a new face for MIT from across the river in Boston. As FAST concludes and Icewall melts away, the seeds are left behind in the ground. As the seeds germinate and bloom, the installation will continue to celebrate the sesquicentennial in the spring.

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