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Umbrella Reality

Back in 2010, I created a concept called the Rainshade Canopy : Imprinting Time on Architecture. It was a submission for a competition that ultimately didn’t win, but I always thought the concept was solid. The goal was to beautify The City of Seattle’s alleys by using umbrellas in a whimsical manner. These umbrellas were special in that they had a water reactive coating that, once wet, they changed color and revealed a design beneath, bringing a pop of playful color on those grey Seattle days.

A friend on mine recently sent me the Youtube Link below for Redlands’ Orange Street Alley. While it does not have the same color changing concept, the brilliant colors and whimsical nature is spot on! Kudos to the team! I find it to be a truly beautiful installation.

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Imprinting Time on Architecture

The Rainshade Canopy project is a yearly, semi-permanent shelter designed for a typical alley block in the International District of Seattle.The project is designed to capture the ephemeral nature of rainfall during the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year.  The celebration usually takes place during January-February and is associated with the wettest part of Seattle’s winter season. It is the Rainshade Canopy’s goal, to create an attractive, playful, outdoor, architectural installation that brings delight to the citizens of the city during a dreary time of year.
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