InTents October/November 2019 - 14

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A tunnel of light
Custom curved hardwalls by New York Tent
create a blackout canvas for LED artistry.
ituated in the heart of Manhattan, N.Y., the Armory
Show features innovative artist commissions and
dynamic public programs-and for a March 2019 installation, a tented corridor played an integral part in the
brilliant light-based display that immersed viewers who
traversed the pathway in a starry cosmos.
The illuminated passageway Star Ceiling by artist Leo
Villareal featured layered, nonrepeating light sequences.
Presented by the Pace Gallery (also based in New York),
the work of art relied on black vinyl to create a blackout
interior space, designed and installed by New York Tent,
Bohemia, N.Y.
"The client asked for a black tunnel that could be strong
enough to hang 1,200 pounds of overhead projection
screens," says Steve Trebing, New York Tent's founder
and project lead for this installation. "The tent essentially
created a covered outdoor exhibit, set between two sets
of doors at Pier 92 of the show."

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New York Tent designed
and installed the
illuminated corridor for
Star Ceiling, a 75-foot
light display by artist Leo
Villareal at the Armory
Show in Manhatten.
Photos courtesy of
New York Tent.

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Dark angles
Using blacktop tents with matching black walls, the
crew installed the 10-by-190-foot structure, featuring
three wedge turns, on top of a leveled loor system. Installers lined the structure, including the lat roof and
walls, with ire-retardant stretched black fabric to provide a smooth, tunnel-like atmosphere.
Daylight seeping in proved to be one of the greatest
installation challenges. "Even the smallest gap between
the fabric could allow the strong sunlight to penetrate
and ruin the visual element of the exhibit," Trebing says.
"We used black gaffer tape to conceal the seams of the vinyl and hide the sunlight. We also used an opaque black
fabric on the inside as a second barrier and made custom
boxes to surround the emergency exit equipment, which
we covered with the same black fabric."
Creating custom angles so the tent would curve was
another challenge. "To make sure the turns were the correct size, we re-created the space in our warehouse with a



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