These Urchins can be seen by visitors who attended iLight Festival in this city, and they reflect its subject of sustainability. They keep glowing and illuminating at night and can use the sunlight. Choi plus Shine Architects created this incredible installation of white urchins by using advanced crochet techniques.
During the night, this intriguing construction starts illuminating, thus mysteriously creating a feeling of magic and a sense that time stopped. When people enter into them, they’re surrounded by interesting glowing and a surface where all the textures and details can be enjoyed. Besides, viewers can see the sky, sea, and city via this magical visual filter. When other people see others who occupy these Urchins, they glow within this lacy space, thus creating the feeling of their levitation, so they become an important part of this delicate artwork.
The Urchins have a unique surface that absorbs, reflects, and retransmits the sunlight each day. In the midday, this big and lightweight structure cast different patterned and magical shadows, thus offering a comfortable hideaway from the warm weather and creating quite an enjoyable visual experience. In afternoons and mornings, these Urchins seem to be a translucent and glowing object.
They also create quite an interesting performance connection to viewers because they can be involved in this artwork while other people are their spectators. So, everyone enjoys this modern and glowing structure. This changing connection can be easily reversed when people who occupy the Urchins look around, while people outside are framed as unique artworks and capture in every opening of the lace.
This design structure has soft and incredible repetitive forms that sway and create a visual balance of an existing contrast between an artificial environment that surrounds them and our nature. These Urchins respond to each touch of viewers and wind, so they move and cast a variety of delicate shadows.
This shell is made of crochet fabrics or polyester chords that are double-braided. It’s also illuminated by many white lights that create an image of the structure that glows evenly. The entire surface of these Urchins is hand crocheted and its creation involves more than fifty people. It was assembled in Boston, and it took almost 3 months to finish everything.