Ned Kahn

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Ned Kahn
AIR! Elemental Interactions (2582638728) (2) (cropped).jpg
Kahn, photographed in 2008
Born1959/1960 (age 60–61)[1]
AwardsMacArthur Fellows Program
2003
National Design Award
2005
Websitenedkahn.com

Ned Kahn is an environmental artist and sculptor, known in particular for museum exhibits he has built for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. His works usually intend to capture an invisible aspect of nature and make it visible.

Early life[edit]

At the age of 10, Kahn staged his first exhibition of sculptures fashioned from items salvaged from a junkyard, where his mother had taken him.[2] After graduating with a degree in botany and environmental science from the University of Connecticut, Kahn moved to San Francisco, where he was fascinated by the Exploratorium.[3] Eventually, he was hired and worked there from 1982 to 1996 under the tutelage of the museum's founder, Frank Oppenheimer.[1] Later, Kahn was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts starting in 2001.[4]

Kahn moved from San Francisco to Graton, California[1] in 1998[4] and works from the Ned Kahn Studios in Sebastopol.[5] He is married and has two children. Kahn cites his daily meditation routine as key to his artistic development.[2]

Awards[edit]

Often when you ask scientists, 'How did you get into your field?', you find out it was an aesthetic experience. Geologists just love rocks. It’s the sensory connection that gets them started.

 — Ned Kahn, quoted in 2004 Sunset magazine article[3]

Kahn won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" fellowship in 2003,[6][7] and the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2005.[8][9]

Works[edit]

Cloud Rings at the Exploratorium

Some examples of Kahn's work to capture the invisible include building facades that move in waves in response to wind;[10][11] indoor tornadoes and vortices made of fog, steam, or fire;[12] and a transparent sphere containing water and sand which, when spun, erodes a beach-like ripple pattern into the sand surface. In 2003 Kahn collaborated with Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc. on Articulated Cloud, a piece installed on the exterior walls of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh consisting of hundreds of movable flaps that respond to the wind creating visible patterns.[10]

His work is in the collection of di Rosa, Napa.[13]

Selected works by Ned Kahn[14]
Title Image Element Location City State/
Country
Year Notes Refs.
Aeolian Landscape Sandstorm (2799064052).jpg Sand Museum of Life and Science Durham North Carolina 1993 Also on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. [4][15]
Articulated Cloud Children's Museum - Pittsburgh (25206956535) (cropped).jpg Wind Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2004 Collaboration with Konig/Eizenberg [10][16]
Avalanche Avalanche Disk (32374446152).jpg Sand Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Illinois 2011 A similar piece named Negev Wheel has been exhibited at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. [1][17]
Braided Stream Wind Exploratorium San Francisco California [18]
Breathing Sky Fog Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco California 1995
Bus Jet Fountain Transbay Transit Center, on the day after the opening-7216.jpg Water Transbay Transit Center San Francisco California 2018 [19]
Chain of Ether Wind ResMed Corporation San Diego California 2009 [20]
Chaotic Pendulum Exploratorium San Francisco California [21]
Circadian Wind
Circa Parking Garage, LA, CA
Wind Circa Parking Deck Los Angeles California 2019
Circular Wave Umbrella Wind Exploratorium San Francisco California [22]
Cloud Arbor Misting after a ride (7736337654).jpg Fog Buhl Community Park Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2012 Collaboration with Andi Cochran [1]
Cloud Portal 3.142r² of SF (38167604191).jpg Fog Davis Court San Francisco California 2011 Collaboration with RHAA [23]
Cloud Rings Anillos (406002665).jpg Fog 21c Museum Hotel Louisville Louisville Kentucky 2006 An installation with the same name is on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. [24][25]
Cloud Vessel Fog The Docks Sacramento California 2010 Collaboration with Walker Macy [26][27]
Digitized Field Digitized Field by Ned Kahn - Flickr - brewbooks (1).jpg Wind AT&T Building Santa Rosa California 2004 [4][28][29]
Divided Sea Water Emerald Glen Park Dublin California 2004 [7][30][31]
Duales Systems Pavilion Fog Expo 2000 Hanover Germany 2000 Collaboration with Uwe Bruckner
Enagua Wind Playa Vista Los Angeles California 2015 Collaboration with Johnson/Fain [32]
Encircled Cloud Fog Paradise Ridge Winery and Sculpture Garden Santa Rosa California 2012
Encircled Stream Water Founders Court
Seattle Center
Seattle Washington 1995 Collaboration with Atelier Landscape Architects
Encircled Void Wind Bertolini Student Center
Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa California 2010
Erratic Fence Wind Sonoma County Museum Santa Rosa California 2015 Collaboration with Jensen Architects
Feather Wall Wind Robert B. Green Clinical Pavilion San Antonio Texas 2012 Collaboration with Overland Partners and RTKL
Field of Air Wind Denver International Airport
between Jeppesen Terminal and Westin Hotel
Denver Colorado 2015 Collaboration with Gensler [33][34]
Fire Vortex Fire/Light Technorama Winterthur Switzerland 1997
Firefly New PUC bldg on Golden Gate (14318039934).jpg Fire/Light San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Civic Center
San Francisco California 2012 [35][1][36]
Fluvial Storm Sand Exploratorium San Francisco California 1990
Glacial Facade Fire/Light Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride Issaquah Washington 2006
Greenhouse Project Fire/Light San Francisco County Jail 3 San Bruno California 1990
Hidden Sea Wind Ceatrice Polite Apartments San Francisco California 2000 [37]
Hyperbolic Paraboloid Wind Crossroads School Santa Monica California 2015 Collaboration with Fred Fisher
Liquid Pixels Liquid Pixels--Ned Kahn (3986278491).jpg Wind Rosslyn
1801 N Lynn St
Arlington Virginia 2002
Magnetic Field Stone Sand Exploratorium San Francisco California 1996
Mare Undurum Tempe Art Center Pool 2 (5356477794).jpg Fire/Light Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe Arizona 2008
Microturbines Wind Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa California 2009
Net of Indra Fire/Light Automated Garage at City Hall West Hollywood California Collaboration with Rick D'Amato
Pebble Chime Sand Discovery World
Pier Wisconsin
Milwaukee Wisconsin 2006
Pedibrion Falls Water 21c Museum Hotel Durham Durham North Carolina 2015
Prairie Tree Wind Nicollet Mall Minneapolis Minnesota 2017 [38]
Prism Tunnel Rainbow Tunnel (163434046).jpg Fire/Light Children's Garden
Huntington Library Gardens
San Marino California 2004
Project Lions Debenhams from Marylebone Lane 03.jpg Wind Debenhams flagship
Oxford Street
London England 2014 Collaboration with Archial Architects
Quantum Wave ATF headquarters.jpg Water ATF Headquarters Washington District of Columbia 2008
Rain Oculus Rain Oculus (47946040766).jpg Water Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2011 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie [39][1]
Rain Portal Water San Francisco Public Utilities Commission San Francisco California 2012 Deaccessioned in 2018 due to persistent leakage. [40][41]
Rainbow Arbor Rainbow Arbor at Skirball Cultural Center (34933681025).jpg Fog Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles California 2008 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie [17][42]
Rift Zone Sand Exploratorium San Francisco California [43]
Seismic Sea Water Pasadena Museum of California Art Pasadena California 2009
Sonic Pool Liquid Mirror 0585 (9099212402).jpg Water Children's Garden
Huntington Library Gardens
San Marino California 2004
Sonic Range The landscape of vibration (2799063758).jpg Sand Exploratorium San Francisco California 1992 [44]
Spoonfall H2 Hotel, Healdsburg CA (5718913435).jpg Water H2 Hotel Healdsburg California 2010
Subducted Landscapes Sand Chevron Texaco Headquarters San Ramon California 2002
Technorama Facade Technorama offen.jpg Wind Technorama
The Swiss Science Center
Winterthur Switzerland 2002
Tipping Wall Water Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2011 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie [17]
Tornado Making tornadoes (2798220743).jpg Fog World Financial Center
Battery Park City
New York New York 1990 Also on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. [12][45]
Turbulent Line Wind Brisbane Airport Brisbane Australia 2012 Collaboration with UAP [1]
Turbulent Orb Exploratorium May 2008 (2468171148).jpg Water World Financial Center
Battery Park City
New York New York 1990 Also on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. [46]
Turbulent Shade Wind City Hall Chandler Arizona 2010
Vertical Canal Wind Rijkswaterstaat Utrecht Netherlands 2008
The Wave Wind Target Field Minneapolis Minnesota 2010 Collaboration with Tom Oslund and Associates
Wave Oculus Reflections (3153014665).jpg Water Union Point Pier Oakland California 2006
Wavespout (Breathing Sea) Water Ventura Pier San Buenaventura California 1993 Destroyed by 1995 storm along with 420 feet (130 m) of the Pier [3][47][48][49]
Wind Arbor Marina Bay Sands (4586546845).jpg Wind Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2011 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie
Wind Cube Wind [private collection] Santa Rosa California 2005
Wind Fence UO Lillis WindFence.jpg Wind University of Oregon Eugene Oregon [17]
Wind Fingers Wind [private collection] Sebastopol California
Wind Fins Wind Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek California 2012 [50]
Wind House Wind DiRosa Art and Nature Preserve Napa California 2003
Wind Leaves Wind Discovery World
Pier Wisconsin
Milwaukee Wisconsin 2006
Wind Portal Wind Portal by Ned Kahn, October 2009.jpg Wind San Francisco International Airport station San Francisco California 2003 [4][7]
Wind Roundabout Wind Traffic roundabout Fort Worth Texas 2015 [51]
Wind Silos Wind International Trade Center Charlotte North Carolina 2006 [52][53]
Wind Veil Wind Gateway Village Charlotte North Carolina 2000 [7][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  53. ^ Schumacher, Michael; Schaeffer, Oliver; Vogt, Michael-Marcus (2010). MOVE: Architecture in Motion - Dynamic Components and Elements. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag AG. pp. 170–171. ISBN 978-3-7643-9986-3. Retrieved 26 November 2019.

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