Xylem and Hyphae

Summit at Sea installation






Summit at Sea 2016


We created an art installation for Summit at Sea inspired by local coral reefs. Summit at Sea is an event that brings together 3,000 artists, activists, and entrepreneurs on a three-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. Eleven sculptures ranging in height from 4 to 10 feet inhabited the stage creating an undersea environment that called attention to the ecosystem beneath the ship while creating a color-changing backdrop for Summit’s speakers and performances.

Each sea fan-like sculpture was assembled from 8 flat pieces of CNC routed sintra. This allowed them to be brought on board the ship flat and put together in one day. Lights inside the sculptures allowed them to be programmed to create different environments to complement each talk and performance.

client: Summit
event: Summit at Sea, November 9-12,2016
design: Nervous System
fabrication: Price Street Projects

  1. photo courtesy of Summit at Sea

  2. The 10ft high sculptures were lightweight enough to be lifted and moved around the stage.

  3. 8 flat panels make up each Giant Hyphae Lamp

  4. Hyphae Assembly

    We designed the stage such that all the components could be brought into the cruise ship flat and assembled in one day. Each lamp…

  5. fabrication at PSP

    photo courtesy of Price Street Projects

  6. detail of the CNC cut sintra

  7. Kendrick Lamar and Quentin Tarantino at Summit at Sea

  8. Erin Brockovich speaking at Summit at Sea

  9. Perry Farrell

    photo courtesy of Summit at Sea

  10. Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs

  11. Tony Hawk speaking at Summit at Sea