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Building 14: Boiler House

Mass MoCA | North Adams, MA

Visitors can climb a staircase and enter The Shining, a 1970s-era ‘satellite’ that has crash-landed at MASS MoCA. This beautifully reflective, repurposed Airstream trailer has the feel of a hermitage, where the occupant will ‘be right back’; only it is now suddenly 30 years later. Large parachutes and active solar panels are inspired by an earlier era of pulp fiction. Hybridizing a domestic space, a laboratory and a library, it Videos relating to the sun and its mythology flicker to life on the cockpit’s instrumentation panels.

Once inside the craft, visitors will also be able to view Codex Solis, a massive field of photovoltaic (PVs) or solar panels. At 50kw, the field generates almost 7% of the power consumed by MASS MoCA. Within this 230-foot long grid, mirrors are interspersed in the middle of the field, coding an absent text. The public is encouraged to spend time with the piece, watch the reflected sky, and solve the riddle as inverted birds and planes fly by.

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COMPLETED

2010

SIZE

955 sf

COST (2010)

$150,000

COST (CURRENT $)

$166.065