Design 99 Artists Mix Sun, Wind and Heat at the Mattress Factory

  • Mattress Factory museum visitors contemplate images of Pittsburgh's sky in the exhibit by Design 99 (Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert) entitled Following the Sun 2, 2013. Photo Courtesy: Mattress Factory and Tom Little Photography.

  • Exhibition photos of Design 99 (Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert) Following the Sun 2, 2013. Image courtesy of the Mattress Factory and Tom Little Photography.

September 20, 2013

Exhibition photos of Design 99 (Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert) Following the Sun 2, 2013. Image courtesy of the Mattress Factory and Tom Little Photography. Sun, wind, light and shadows are featured in a new exhibit called “Following the Sun, Part 2” at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory.

Mitchell Cope and Gina Reichert, the husband-and-wife team behind Design 99, designed the installation, incorporating rocks from the Pictured Rocks formation in Michigan and photos of Pittsburgh, taken from the window of the gallery.

“We built out this space just to really think about the sky,” said Reichert.

Exhibition photos of Design 99 (Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert) Following the Sun 2, 2013. Image courtesy of the Mattress Factory and Tom Little Photography.Cope finished the thought: “The sun, the wind, the environment sort of out these windows.”What you can't see are three wind turbines and three solar panels that are on the roof. When it gets cold, they’ll provide heat in the gallery space through heaters that warm the rocks and then the room.

"We brought them [rocks] over here from Michigan to represent Michigan, but also anchor the exhibit," said Cope. 

"Then as you walk through the exhibit you get into the videos and also a little bit of a quiet space to contemplate."

The exhibit will be open through May 25, 2014.