The latest installation at Silver Lake gallery Materials & Applications, Warren Techentin’s La Cage Aux Folles, truly brought out the inner monkey in Los Angeles’ architecture community this weekend. The cage-like structure is made of a vast series of curved structural steel tubes, which simultaneously rigidify the piece and create unique spaces in and around it.
They also, it turns out, created an ideal climbing apparatus for partygoers at its opening this Saturday, who got to know every square inch of the 17-foot-tall construction. One ambitious young explorer actually got stuck in the center of the piece and had to get fished out by an experienced climber.
“It was free performance art for everybody,” joked Techentin, who said he never anticipated visitors climbing so aggressively on the piece. He added that the form was originally inspired by the small structural members of yurts that he saw on a trip to Mongolia, slowly becoming something much more abstract.
La Cage is open until August 29, and next month will host a series of interactive performances.