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german for flower, latin for light, bLumen is a project with a group of others alongside luftwerk. this pavillion combines architecture and technology resulting in a public art monument which engages the neighborhoods and the community centre which it is infront of. 

these 10-ft tall hexagonal steel structures and connected all together to create a uniformed form which is lit by philips led. these led structures are specifically for enhancing the growth of fruits and vegetable. this public being places in homan square, chicago, is what people may call a food dessert where food is scarce and hard to have access to fresh produce, hence the function of the overall structure. light is also being used as a function of safety where the illumination brings for the environment much more clearly resulting in a more safe environment.


Iker Gil with MAS Studio, SAIC bLUMEN students: Mauricio Casian, Beril Cuhadaroglu, Carrie Jim, Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, Jessica Moon, Ravina Puri, Andrew Rutherdale, Celine Setiadi, Melis Simsek, and Danrui Xiang


The School of the Art Institute (SAIC), SAIC’s Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, Chicago Park District, and the Foundation for Homan Square

Structural Engineer

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Metal Fabrication

Active Alloy


David Schalliol


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

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