MezMirage Kinetic Sculptures
with Millions of Moving Parts
Airflow Kinetics designs and creates medium to large scale colorful kinetic airflow sculptures known as MezMirages using airflow and literally millions of small polystyrene spheres to create truly mesmerizing and educational public art installations. These amazing kinetic sculptures combine art and the science of fluid dynamics and flow visualization to create a wide variety of illusionary effects all in one device including “dry” fountains, fire, colorful drifting mist, snow, boiling magma, waterfalls, rising and falling currents of color, and more. MezMirages are bespoke creations, customized in size and design to be site responsive for locations such as building lobbies, hotels, airports, museums, and other public buildings and venues. Prebuilt MezMirages are also available for festivals & other short term art rental installations.
Sampling of MezMirage Effects
20 inch tall former home version displayed at the MIT Museum
19 foot tall MezMirage at the Boston Children's Museum
Airflow Kinetics was founded by Gordon Sharp in 2018 in order to pursue a long held dream of making large scale airflow based kinetic sculptures. He created his first Kinetic Airflow Sculpture, when he was a MIT student taking a visual art and technology course.
Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Gordon patented & licensed this early unit to a Colorado company who marketed a 20" tall unit for home use. The Cascade Light as it was named was popular but too expensive for the home market at that time and was discontinued by the manufacturer.
Gordon went on to found 2 successful companies that control building airflow to save energy & improve air quality, Phoenix Controls that was sold to Honeywell and then Aircuity, Inc. These two company's products are now saving over $2.5 Billion annually in building energy use and also helping to improve indoor air quality. Aircuity’s solutions in particular have benefited many hundred's of organizations around the world such as Google, Amazon, the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, the Bank of America, and the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Gordon's interest in creating Kinetic Airflow Sculptures was rekindled when the MIT Museum “rediscovered” one of these early home units in 2013 & put it on display for several years. Finally in early 2018 Gordon, with help and encouragement from the MIT Museum and other members of the MIT community and friends, started Airflow Kinetics. The first large scale unit, a 16 feet tall version, was completed in December of 2018 at the Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, MA where Airflow Kinetics has a studio and an operating MezMirage on display.
In 2019, MezMirages were also exhibited at the Cambridge Science Festival and at the Boston Children's Museum during their CreatedBy Festival.