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The Canopy is an inflatable art
installation that invites visitors to
interact as they choose-some
pedaling on bikes that transform the
sculptures with movement and light,
some cheering on the bikers, and
some wandering through the grove,
allowing the canopy of trees to open
and close around them.
Photo courtesy of Pneuhaus.

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Pneuhaus creates an inflatable forest
he Canopy, an inϐlatable installation
that debuted in 2019 at the Light City
festival in Baltimore, Md., is designed to
bring people together for a greater good.
At ϐirst glance, it is a forest of tree-like
sculptures that are white in the daylight
and aglow with neon colors at night. That's
where people come in. The sculptures are
attached to bike-driven generators, and
as visitors pedal, the trees ϐill and release
air, causing them to spin and sway with
vibrant color and movement.
The Canopy was created by IFAI
member Pneuhaus, Rumford, R.I., maker
of inϐlatable art and architecture, in
collaboration with Baltimore-based Canduit, a bicycle-based experience design
company. The concept was inspired by a
phenomenon known as crown shyness,
where a grove of trees grows together to
create a continuous canopy while never
overcrowding.

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Part of the fun of the installation is
seeing how the bikers' efforts transform
the sculptures. The grove is in constant
motion with the momentum of the bikers,
inϐlating, deϐlating, illuminating and
darkening. When people race together,
the excitement builds as the trees change
with their collaborative energy. The
experience also demonstrates the power
of sustainable energy through green
electricity generated by the bicycles.
Each sculpture is made of ϐlexible white
nylon through which 80 feet of LED lights
are strung. In daylight they reϐlect the
ambient colors of the sky and site mixed
with the colors projected by the LEDs. At
night, vibrant reds, blues and greens emit
a beacon-like glow throughout.
The exhibit was a runner-up for the
Built Environment Award at the Core77
Design Awards 2020. For more, visit
www.pneu.haus/projects.

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