Rebar: Kaleidoscape

Event has passed (Sun Mar 31, 2013 - Sun Mar 31, 2013)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)


We invite you to experience Kaleidoscape, the new interactive seating sculpture in our large atrium space, Gallery B. Like the popular BAMscape by Thom Faulders, Kaleidoscape, designed by the San Francisco–based firm Rebar, is both a work of art and a piece of furniture. Come re-arrange the modular pieces to create a customized environment for study, relaxation, or socializing. Or use the sections to create a crystalline landscape to be viewed from the upper galleries.

Rebar is known for work that challenges expectations about the use of public space, the potential of materials, and the opportunities for social and cultural interaction. Recent projects include Park(ing) (2005), which transformed metered parking spaces in San Francisco into temporary parklets, the Panhandle Bandshell (2007) fabricated from recycled materials, and the restoration of degraded bird habitats on Año Nuevo Island with nest modules and habitat ridges (2009-2011).

Rebar was founded in 2004; the principal designers are Matthew Passmore, John Bela, Blaine Merker, and Teresa Aguilera. Their work has been exhibited at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale; ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam; ISEA 2009 Dublin; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; the American Institute of Architects; the Canadian Centre for Architecture; Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Parsons School of Design.