Mesmerizing kinetic sculpture that visualizes the movements of an invisible flock of birds


Diffusion Choir is a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture that visualizes the movements of an invisible flock of birds. It is made from four hundred origami-like folding elements that can independently open and close, controlled by stepper motors and custom software running a flocking algorithm. The movements of the sculpture are perpetually changing, driven by the flocking simulation.

From the beginning we wanted to preserve the openness of the space and work with natural light, so we pursued the idea of a sculpture that can essentially disappear and appear from thin air. We worked with Shire to develop a narrative around flocking birds as a metaphor for the collaborative scientific culture of the company.

The sculpture perpetually plays out a choreography that tells the story of Shire. At the top of each hour, small groups of birds coalesce into a single entity, soaring through the air in fluid collaboration.