The Wind Portal





'The Wind Portal' is an interactive sensory installation designed by Designer Najla El Zein and composed of paper windmills that turn in the breeze.

As part of the London Design Festival 2013, Lebanese designer, Najla El Zein, created The Wind Portal, a dramatic gateway constructed from 5,000 paper windmills turning in the breeze. This walk-through installation created a playful airway, drawing wind and light into the galleries beyond.

Based in Beirut, Najla el Zein takes an experimental approach to design; blurring the lines between art and design and using ordinary materials in unsuspecting contexts. For The Wind Portal she used thousands of paper windmills, a toy familiar from childhood, to create a gigantic moving structure. The portal was imposing in scale, yet largely made of paper it also delicate and ephemeral. El Zein was inspired by the V&A’s day-lit gallery which is home to the Museum’s collection of Medieval and Renaissance urban architecture. By introducing the element of wind into this naturally lit gallery, she emphasised the concept of this artificial outside space within the Museum. Walking through The Wind Portal, visitors experienced a heightened transition from an inside space to an ‘outside’ space within the gallery setting.

London Design Festival at the V&A

The London Design Festival at the V&A

For 2017, the Festival will continue its unique collaboration with the world’s leading Museum of art, design and performance. As the central hub location for the London Design Festival for the eighth year, the V&A will again house a broad range of commissioned activity which will be spread throughout the Museum and include installations, events, talks and workshops.

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