Mesmerising kinetic sculpture that mimics the movement of a flock of birds

As you spot birds migrating south to escape the winter cold, consider Diffusion Choir – a stunning kinetic sculpture that uses 400 folding elements to stimulate the movement of a flock of birds.

Plebian Design, Hypersonic and Sosolimited were commissioned by Biomed Realty to design and build the unique artwork for its building in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Housed in the atrium, the sculpture celebrates the organic beauty of collaboration by visualising the movements of an invisible flock of birds. Each of the four hundred elements can independently open and close, controlled by custom software running a flocking algorithm.

The movements are perpetually evolving, driven by the simulation. And over the course of each hour, smaller groups of birds coalesce into a single entity, soaring through the air in fluid unity. At each quarter hour, the birds gather and perform special choreographed gestures across the sculpture.

Sosolimited explains: "The sculpture reflects the collaborative and innovative spirit of the work happening in the building. The graceful breath-like movements of the piece create an open, contemplative space for all the inhabitants of the building to enjoy."

Make sure you watch the video below to see the sculpture in action. And visit to discover more about the Boston-based design and technology studio.

Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of Sosolimited


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