Location: Beaufort College, Ireland
Status: Completed 2018
The Pixel Pergola is a permanent addition to the grounds of a school in Ireland. The Project is a reinvention of a classic “Pergola” structure which is typically “a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters.”
Rather than using plants to activate the pergola as is often the case, the structure utilises many acrylic spheres with a coloured discs behind to create “pixels” that change colour as you move through the space. This effect is designed to encourage the students of the college to feel more physically present in the space – an important tool in the practice of mindfulness.
The scheme is constructed from 13 horizontal panels each containing 81 pixels and 20 vertical units each containing 36 pixels. Over the whole installation there is a total of 1773 pixels. The horizontal and vertical panels are suspended in the air by vertical posts, locking together to create a rigid framework.