Oklahoma Contemporary
Pneuhaus, Tensegrity
An inflatable form of interlocking green, blue and pink columns illuminated from within



December 2023
North Lawn

Inflatable white cylindrical forms balanced in front of a silver building

Pneuhaus, Tensegrity

Tensegrity, created by Rhode Island-based art and design studio Pneuhaus, aimed to recontextualize the properties of textiles and air. Comprised of steel, cables and hardware, its structural form appeared to levitate, seemingly floating without support, yet sturdily bound together.

Pneuhaus’ objective is to explore visual experiences by experimenting with space, light, color and sound to encourage curiosity and wonder through inflatable installations. The term “tensegrity” was coined by architect Buckminster Fuller, a phenomenon in which he observed structural strength in nature created through a network of tensioned parts. This experimental way of building stability sparked a revolution in the arts and sciences. Both Pneuhaus and Tensegrity’s foundational principles incorporate dynamic and new structural ways of creating.

Find more of Pneuhaus' work on Instagram.

This exhibition was supported by George Records, The Chickasaw Nation, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, The Kanady Family, Richard and Glenna Tanenbaum, Annie Bohanon, Anonymous and Velocigo.


Pneuhaus, Tensegrity, 2021. Installed at Oklahoma Contemporary. Photos by Cassandra Watson.


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