We Never Thought We’d Lust After Mylar

By Jill Comment

ma.gifAs if the siren song of Silver Lake wasn’t strong enough (don’t pretend we’re the only ones who have skulked past Home praying for a Seth Cohen sighting), today’s “Currents: Los Angeles” section in the Times highlights a beautiful new installation at the Materials & Applications gallery on Silver Lake Boulevard. The vortex-shaped canopy is made of translucent, amber-colored mylar, and the pictures in the Times, taken on a brilliantly sunny day, make the open-air space beneath absolutely glow: The panels look like birds of paradise feathers stitched together and the light filtering through creates a golden-hued mosaic on the floor. The project is the brainchild of architect Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, an architect and product designer at Frank Gehry Partners.

We’d be interested to see this in person—anyone have a cheap transcontinental flight they’re just dying to get rid of?—although we fear that the installation has something in common with The Gates: The effect is almost heart-stopping from far away and in just the right weather (of course in New York the right weather meant dreary clouds and snowbanks), but a closer look reveals the almost pedestrian quality of the materials. Or in other words, a total Monet. For more images, click here.