Kaleidoscope-Periscope in Biltmore Park

By Dongyue Zhang | Oct 21, 2015


The Kaleidoscope-Periscope is an inhabitable viewfinder designed and fabricated by Tom Beresford, Lisa LaCharite-Lostritto and department faculty member Carl Lostritto with assistance by M.Arch Graduate Assistant Feiyi Bie.

The entrant leaves the wold of the city only to encounter a heightened though distorted view of that world mixed with fragments of their own image. The mirrored, faceted steel surfaces and the conical shell structure create a rigid kaleidoscope that produces patterns reflected from Biltmore Park’s tree canopy and the city skyline beyond. The form allows the mirrors to also collectively function as a periscope; viewers effectively see around the vertical corner of the structure. From the exterior, it is perceived both as a beacon among the trees from certain angles and as a chameleon from other angles, blending into its surroundings.

Surrounded by dense city blocks and city traffic, Biltmore park is protected and contained by layers of trees, pedestrian paths, public seating, an ice skating rink and commercial kiosks. The periphery of trees that contains the park provides a viewport beyond the tree canopies to the city heights–the Superman Building, City Hall and Union Station.

To see more of the Kaleidoscope-Periscope project follow @PVDDesignCoop and check #PopUpPVD (twitter and instagram) and #viewFinderPVD (twitter and instagram)

PopUp Providence is an award-winning, urban place- making program that introduces interactive, artistic and cultural displays and interventions throughout the City’s 25 neighborhoods. The program supports quick, temporary and inexpensive interventions that engage residents, workers and visitors of all ages, and enliven the city. The Providence Redevelopment Agency dedicated $150,000 for the program in October 2013, in the amount of $50,000/year, for a period three years (2013-2015).









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