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Ned Kahn is an environmental artist and sculptor, famous in particular for museum exhibits he has built for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. His works usually involves capturing an invisible aspect of nature and making it visible; examples include building facades that move in waves in response to wind; indoor tornadoes and vortices made of fog, steam, or fire; a transparent sphere containing water and sand which, when spun, erodes a beach-like ripple pattern into the sand surface. In 2003 Kahn collaborated with Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc. on a piece for the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh consisting of hundreds of movable flaps that respond to the wind creating visible patterns. Kahn won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" fellowship in 2003, and the National Design Award for environmental design in 2005. His work is in the collection of di Rosa, Napa.[1]

Kahn lives and works in California.



Selected works by Ned Kahn[2]
Title Element Location City State/
Year Notes Image
Aeolian Landscape Sand Museum of Life and Science Durham North Carolina 1993  
Articulated Cloud Wind Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2004  
Avalanche Sand Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Illinois 2011  
Breathing Sky Fog Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco California 1995
Bus Jet Fountain Water Transbay Transit Center San Francisco California 2018  
Chain of Ether Wind ResMed Corporation San Diego California 2009
Cloud Arbor Fog Buhl Community Park Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2012 Collaboration with Andi Cochran  
Cloud Portal Fog Davis Court San Francisco California 2011 Collaboration with RHAA  
Cloud Rings Fog 21c Museum Hotel Louisville Louisville Kentucky 2006  
Cloud Vessel Fog The Docks Sacramento California 2010 Collaboration with Walker Macy
Digitized Field Wind AT&T Building Santa Rosa California 2004  
Divided Sea Water Emerald Glen Park Dublin California 2004
Duales Systems Pavilion Fog Expo 2000 Hanover Germany 2000 Collaboration with Uwe Bruckner
Enagua Wind Playa Vista Los Angeles California 2015 Collaboration with Johnson/Fain
Encircled Cloud Fog Paradise Ridge Winery and Sculpture Garden Santa Rosa California 2012
Encircled Stream Water Founders Court
Seattle Center
Seattle Washington 1995 Collaboration with Atelier Landscape Architects
Encircled Void Wind Bertolini Student Center
Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa California 2010
Erratic Fence Wind Sonoma County Museum Santa Rosa California 2015 Collaboration with Jensen Architects
Feather Wall Wind Robert B. Green Clinical Pavilion San Antonio Texas 2012 Collaboration with Overland Partners and RTKL
Field of Air Wind Denver International Airport
between Jeppesen Terminal and Westin Hotel
Denver Colorado 2015 Collaboration with Gensler
Fire Vortex Fire/Light Technorama Winterthur Switzerland 1997
Firefly Fire/Light San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Civic Center
San Francisco California 2012  
Fluvial Storm Sand Exploratorium San Francisco California 1990
Glacial Facade Fire/Light Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride Issaquah Washington 2006
Greenhouse Project Fire/Light San Francisco County Jail 3 San Bruno California 1990
Hyperbolic Paraboloid Wind Crossroads School Santa Monica California 2015 Collaboration with Fred Fisher
Liquid Pixels Wind Rosslyn
1801 N Lynn St
Arlington Virginia 2002  
Magnetic Field Stone Sand Exploratorium San Francisco California 1996
Mare Undurum Fire/Light Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe Arizona 2008  
Microturbines Wind Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa California 2009
Net of Indra Fire/Light Automated Garage at City Hall West Hollywood California Collaboration with Rick D'Amato
Pebble Chime Sand Discovery World
Pier Wisconsin
Milwaukee Wisconsin 2006
Pedibrion Falls Water 21c Museum Hotel Durham Durham North Carolina 2015
Prism Tunnel Fire/Light Children's Garden
Huntington Library Gardens
San Marino California 2004  
Project Lions Wind Debenhams flagship
Oxford Street
London England 2014 Collaboration with Archial Architects  
Quantum Wave Water ATF Headquarters Washington District of Columbia 2008  
Rain Oculus Water Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2011 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie
Rainbow Arbor Fog Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles California 2008 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie
Seismic Sea Water Pasadena Museum of California Art Pasadena California 2009
Sonic Pool Water Children's Garden
Huntington Library Gardens
San Marino California 2004  
Sonic Range Sand Exploratorium San Francisco California 1992  
Spoonfall Water H2 Hotel Healdsburg California 2010  
Subducted Landscapes Sand Chevron Texaco Headquarters San Ramon California 2002
Technorama Facade Wind Technorama
The Swiss Science Center
Winterthur Switzerland 2002  
Tipping Wall Water Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2011 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie
Tornado Fog World Financial Center
Battery Park City
New York New York 1990  
Turbulent Line Wind Brisbane Airport Brisbane Australia 2012 Collaboration with UAP
Turbulent Orb Water World Financial Center
Battery Park City
New York New York 1990  
Turbulent Shade Wind City Hall Chandler Arizona 2010  
Vertical Canal Wind Rijkswaterstaat Utrecht Netherlands 2008
The Wave Wind Target Field Minneapolis Minnesota 2010 Collaboration with Tom Oslund and Associates
Wave Oculus Water Union Point Pier Oakland California 2006  
Wavespout (Breathing Sea) Water Ventura Pier San Buenaventura California 1993 Destroyed by 1995 storm
Wind Arbor Wind Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2011 Collaboration with Moshe Safdie  
Wind Cube Wind [private collection] Santa Rosa California 2005
Wind Fence Wind University of Oregon Eugene Oregon  
Wind Fingers Wind [private collection] Sebastopol California
Wind Fins Wind Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek California 2012
Wind House Wind DiRosa Art and Nature Preserve Napa California 2003
Wind Leaves Wind Discovery World
Pier Wisconsin
Milwaukee Wisconsin 2006
Wind Portal Wind San Francisco International Airport station San Francisco California 2003
Wind Roundabout Wind Traffic roundabout Fort Worth Texas 2015
Wind Silos Wind International Trade Center Charlotte North Carolina 2006
Wind Veil Wind Gateway Village Charlotte North Carolina 2000

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  2. ^ Kahn, Ned. "Portfolio". Ned Kahn. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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