The San Francisco–based art collective FoldHaus enlisted tech help from then-undergrad Bomani McClendon ’17 when it was building Shrumen Lumen for Burning Man 2016. McClendon, now a software engineer for Facebook, worked as a programmer on the 12- to 18-foot tall mushrooms, which are now on display at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. With Kalan Kircher ’11, the digital lead for the project, McClendon programmed the giant glowing mushrooms to move and light up when observers step on a weight-sensitive pressure pad. The origami-based interactive art installation is part of the Renwick Gallery’s exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, which runs until January.
The new Northwestern Alumni Association president chats about his University experience and the future of the NAA.