|Born||1959/1960 (age 60–61)|
|Awards||MacArthur Fellows Program |
National Design Award
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.
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. 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. Eventually, he was hired and worked there from 1982 to 1996 under the tutelage of the museum's founder, Frank Oppenheimer. Later, Kahn was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts starting in 2001.
Kahn moved from San Francisco to Graton, California in 1998 and works from the Ned Kahn Studios in Sebastopol. He is married and has two children. Kahn cites his daily meditation routine as key to his artistic development.
— Ned Kahn, quoted in 2004 Sunset magazine article
Some examples of Kahn's work to capture the invisible include building facades that move in waves in response to wind; indoor tornadoes and vortices made of fog, steam, or fire; 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.
His work is in the collection of di Rosa, Napa.
|Aeolian Landscape||Sand||Museum of Life and Science||Durham||North Carolina||1993||Also on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.|||
|Articulated Cloud||Wind||Children's Museum of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania||2004||Collaboration with Konig/Eizenberg|||
|Avalanche||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.|||
|Braided Stream||Wind||Exploratorium||San Francisco||California|||
|Breathing Sky||Fog||Yerba Buena Center for the Arts||San Francisco||California||1995|
|Bus Jet Fountain||Water||Transbay Transit Center||San Francisco||California||2018|||
|Chain of Ether||Wind||ResMed Corporation||San Diego||California||2009|||
|Chaotic Pendulum||Exploratorium||San Francisco||California|||
|Circadian Wind||Wind||Circa Parking Deck||Los Angeles||California||2019|
|Circular Wave Umbrella||Wind||Exploratorium||San Francisco||California|||
|Cloud Arbor||Fog||Buhl Community Park||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania||2012||Collaboration with Andi Cochran|||
|Cloud Portal||Fog||Davis Court||San Francisco||California||2011||Collaboration with RHAA|||
|Cloud Rings||Fog||21c Museum Hotel Louisville||Louisville||Kentucky||2006||An installation with the same name is on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.|||
|Cloud Vessel||Fog||The Docks||Sacramento||California||2010||Collaboration with Walker Macy|||
|Digitized Field||Wind||AT&T Building||Santa Rosa||California||2004|||
|Divided Sea||Water||Emerald Glen Park||Dublin||California||2004|||
|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|||
|Encircled Cloud||Fog||Paradise Ridge Winery and Sculpture Garden||Santa Rosa||California||2012|
|Encircled Stream||Water||Founders Court
|Seattle||Washington||1995||Collaboration with Atelier Landscape Architects|
|Encircled Void||Wind||Bertolini Student Center
Santa Rosa Junior College
|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|||
|Firefly||Fire/Light||San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
|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|||
|Hyperbolic Paraboloid||Wind||Crossroads School||Santa Monica||California||2015||Collaboration with Fred Fisher|
1801 N Lynn St
|Magnetic Field Stone||Sand||Exploratorium||San Francisco||California||1996|
|Mare Undurum||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
|Pedibrion Falls||Water||21c Museum Hotel Durham||Durham||North Carolina||2015|
|Prairie Tree||Wind||Nicollet Mall||Minneapolis||Minnesota||2017|||
|Prism Tunnel||Fire/Light||Children's Garden
Huntington Library Gardens
|Project Lions||Wind||Debenhams flagship
|London||England||2014||Collaboration with Archial Architects|
|Quantum Wave||Water||ATF Headquarters||Washington||District of Columbia||2008|
|Rain Oculus||Water||Marina Bay Sands||Singapore||2011||Collaboration with Moshe Safdie|||
|Rain Portal||Water||San Francisco Public Utilities Commission||San Francisco||California||2012||Deaccessioned in 2018 due to persistent leakage.|||
|Rainbow Arbor||Fog||Skirball Cultural Center||Los Angeles||California||2008||Collaboration with Moshe Safdie|||
|Rift Zone||Sand||Exploratorium||San Francisco||California|||
|Seismic Sea||Water||Pasadena Museum of California Art||Pasadena||California||2009|
|Sonic Pool||Water||Children's Garden
Huntington Library Gardens
|Sonic Range||Sand||Exploratorium||San Francisco||California||1992|||
|Subducted Landscapes||Sand||Chevron Texaco Headquarters||San Ramon||California||2002|
The Swiss Science Center
|Tipping Wall||Water||Marina Bay Sands||Singapore||2011||Collaboration with Moshe Safdie|||
|Tornado||Fog||World Financial Center
Battery Park City
|New York||New York||1990||Also on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.|||
|Turbulent Line||Wind||Brisbane Airport||Brisbane||Australia||2012||Collaboration with UAP|||
|Turbulent Orb||Water||World Financial Center
Battery Park City
|New York||New York||1990||Also on exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.|||
|Turbulent Shade||Wind||City Hall||Chandler||Arizona||2010|
|The Wave||Wind||Target Field||Minneapolis||Minnesota||2010||Collaboration with Tom Oslund and Associates|
|Wave Oculus||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|||
|Wind Arbor||Wind||Marina Bay Sands||Singapore||2011||Collaboration with Moshe Safdie|
|Wind Cube||Wind||[private collection]||Santa Rosa||California||2005|
|Wind Fence||Wind||University of Oregon||Eugene||Oregon|||
|Wind Fingers||Wind||[private collection]||Sebastopol||California|
|Wind Fins||Wind||Neiman Marcus||Walnut Creek||California||2012|||
|Wind House||Wind||DiRosa Art and Nature Preserve||Napa||California||2003|
|Wind Leaves||Wind||Discovery World
|Wind Portal||Wind||San Francisco International Airport station||San Francisco||California||2003|||
|Wind Roundabout||Wind||Traffic roundabout||Fort Worth||Texas||2015|||
|Wind Silos||Wind||International Trade Center||Charlotte||North Carolina||2006|||
|Wind Veil||Wind||Gateway Village||Charlotte||North Carolina||2000|||
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