Did You See This?

Indoor Birds

This kinetic sculpture looks like birds in flight.

A building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is home to a flock of birds. Well, not quite.

“Diffusion Choir” is a kinetic sculpture that simulates the movement of an invisible flock of birds. In this video by Sosolimited, the design studio behind the project, you can see the flock in action. The “birds” are white hexagons made of fabric that hang in garlands from the ceiling. When a hexagon opens and closes, it looks like a bird flapping its wings. Each piece can move independently, and they work together to make patterns. It’s controlled by software running a flocking algorithm.

“Diffusion Choir” is installed at BioMed Realty Trust’s building at 650 East Kendall Street in Cambridge. Its purpose is to invoke the spirit of collaboration—not a bad thing to remember when you’re dragging yourself into the office at 8 a.m. sharp.