2015 Serpentine Pavilion architects SelgasCano is bringing back their “psychedelic chrysalis” installation to Los Angeles this summer at the La Brea Tar Pits starting June 28. London-based Second Home teamed up with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County to bring out the installation, which will host a series of free public events exploring art, design, science, and nature.
Set to be built at the park adjacent to the tourist hot-spot La Brea Tar Pits museum, the 866-square-foot pavilion will be a polygonal structure covered in a multi-colored, translucent fabric membrane that will create an immersive, stained-glass environment.
Visitors can enter and exit at multiple points to experience the structure's interior in various ways “characterized by color, light and irregular shapes with surprising volumes,” SelgasCano previously described. “The spatial qualities of the Pavilion only unfold when accessing the structure and being immersed within it.”
“[The Serpentine Pavilion] gives a glimpse of what we can do with cultural programming at our museums, at that space where art and science intersect,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, NHMLAC President and Director.
Exhibiting only in LA through November 24, 2019, the Second Home/NHMLAC pavilion marks the first time a Serpentine Pavilion will be presented in the U.S. To add to that, the Pavilion's L.A. launch happens shortly before the opening of Second Home Hollywood, their first workspace location in the U.S. Also designed by SelgasCano, Second Home Hollywood will be a 90,000-square-foot campus taking over the site of East Hollywood's historic Anne Banning Community House.
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