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05.30.08 - 07.13.08 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Greg Lynn FORM: Blobwall Pavilion

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Opening reception: Friday, 05.30.08 from 7-9pm

Exhibition discussion with Eric Owen Moss and Greg Lynn:
Monday, 06.16.08 @ 7pm

Blobwall Pavilion blog

Blobwall Pavilion is a collaboration between Greg Lynn FORM, Machineous who developed the manufacturing method for the "bricks" and Panelite who produced and distributed the architectural material. It is an innovative redefinition of the brick – architecture’s most basic building unit – into a lightweight object made of colorful plastic and reinterpreted into modular elements. Blobwall Pavilion is a freestanding, indoor/outdoor wall system built of a low-density, recyclable, impact-resistant polymer. The blob unit, or “brick,” is a robotically cut mass-produced hollow tri-lobed shape formed through rotational molding, which is then assembled with interlocking precision to form the wall.

The Blobwall Pavilion is a contemporary wall system that recovers the voluptuous shapes, chiaroscuro and grotto-like textures of Baroque and Renaissance architecture in pixilated gradients of vivid color. On three walls of the installation, custom fabricated acrylic Bubble Cabinets will be installed to display small objects.

Though Blobwall Pavilion is designed in stock shapes totaling over 500 individual bricks in ten different colors, it can also be configured to custom shapes and color combinations. The varied yellow hues composing the body of the installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery celebrate the material qualities and colors of the roto-molded plastic and are arrayed as if bathed in a warm light so the highlights are not white, but instead crimson, plum and pink.


Greg Lynn earned combined BA degrees in philosophy and architecture from Miami University of Ohio, and later an M.Arch from Princeton University. Involved with the combination of the realities of design and construction with the speculative, theoretical and experimental potentials of writing and teaching, Lynn authored six books combining contemporary and popular culture with the rigors of architectural theory and history. His firm, Greg Lynn FORM, was founded in Venice, California, and continually evolves alongside his teaching. The firm has a 10-year working relationship with Panelite and has worked with Vitra on the Ravioli Chair, Alessi on the Supple Cups, and Materialise on the Kraken Lamp. In 2002, he became University Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, occupying the chair previously held by Hans Hollein. For several years he has served as a Studio Professor at UCLA and is the Davenport Professor at Yale. Greg Lynn was recently recognized in Time Magazine’s 2008 Design 100. A monograph of Lynn’s work is forthcoming from Rizzoli in Fall 2008.