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Weather Capsule by Layer LA Examines Summer Climate

Squid Capsule, a new installation by SCI-Arc alumnae Emily White (M.Arch2 '06) and Lisa Little (M.Arch '06) of Layer LA, opens Saturday, June 19, at the Silver Lake office of design research nonprofit Materials & Applications. The capsule will transform the outdoor courtyard at M&A into a weather island that isolates and amplifies the subtle changes in Los Angeles' summer climate.

Made of 39 transparent vinyl tentacles, the capsule hangs over the courtyard, while a field of fog envelops its tentacles, suspending the piece in a vapor cloud that registers changes in temperature and transparency between morning and night. The piece floats over a field of micro-inflatables, where people can lounge as they observe the air. Over the course of the summer, visitors are encouraged to touch, lounge, explore, and experience the environment inside the capsule, which will range from cool and refreshing to hot and steamy.

Squid Capsule will be open through September. Admission is free to the public. Materials & Applications is located at 1619 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles.