Tuesday, July 24, 2007


LAX ART founder Lauri Firstenburg (one of the few things I liked about LA) is serving up some pretty fun art out in Culver City this summer. Case in point, Charles Gaines' Greenhouse, a sculptural enclosure placed within the gallery that shifts lighting and atmospheric conditions according to computer generated air pollutant measurements collected from the Los Angeles basin.

A nearby computer converts local air pollutant measurements into voltage that then controls the intensity of four colored lights and a fog machine placed within the simulated greenhouse. Linked to a website that records the Los Angeles basins air quality, the computer takes readings at set intervals to change the amount of voltage fed to each light and the dispersal of atmospheric haze. How cool is that?

Greenhouse can be seen July 19th-August 30th

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