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Scorching Pants Smokin’ is a sculpture of concrete and lightweight realized in Uppsala, Sweden executed by White Arkitekter and Butong for the biannual Uppsala Lighting Pageant (Allt Ljus på Uppsala). The title refers to a music by James Brown.
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Uppsala is located in northern Europe, as far north as Alaska or Greenland. Via the darkish month of November this glimmering construction stands in one of many busiest purchasing streets of the Swedish metropolis.
“This can be a lighting pageant. However as architects we needed to discover type and materials containing mild, relatively than specializing in the lighting gear,” says Jacob Melin. “We needed to make a mysterious and archaic object, in some methods contrasting to the business and mundane a part of the town the place it stands.”
The fabric used is translucent concrete from Butong, mounted into forty eight distinctive frames of skinny metal profile. This low-tech BIM-venture was developed working with bodily fashions utilizing metal rods joined by small magnetic balls. The rods have been then numbered and measured, and L-profiles have been minimize ten occasions their lengths and welded into triangles. Every sheet of Butong was minimize into form with a knife in it’s moist state earlier than being fastened in place in its body. The crammed triangles have been then welded collectively into 5 packing containers, lights have been put in and eventually the construction was screwed collectively on the location.
Daniel Ljung took care of the design of the lighting and Philips sponsored with lights. Two smoke machines recurrently emit smoke which assist to catch the sunshine within the air.
The result’s a three.5-meter excessive sculpture which will remind of a pair of glittering disco pants, a starry gate or an area-age Stone Henge. It’s positioned in a pedestrian road, and it’s legs appear to be caught in the midst of a step.
Structure may be interactive with out buttons to press. Some select to stroll by way of, whereas others circle. Youngsters cease to peek inside, or pierce new and larger holes within the construction the place the concrete is paper-skinny, letting extra mild out from the within. “We select to go away the crusts with out protecting layer, letting the sculpture rework all through the month,” says Lars Höglund.
Architect: Jacob Melin of White ArkitekterConstruction and Co-design: Lars Höglund and J-C Violleau of ButongLocation: S:t Persgatan, Uppsala, SwedenLighting: Daniel LjungEvent: Uppsala Lighting Pageant 2010Client: Uppsala Metropolis and Uppsala KommunPhotographs: Per Lundström