Art After Dark: Inflatable Lawn Party! (Rain or Shine!)

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The Newport Art Museum is kicking off DESIGNxRI’s fifth annual DESIGN WEEK RI in Newport with an extraordinary sunset lawn party and inflatable playscape by Pneuhaus! A design collective focusing on the mastery of all things inflatable, Pneuhaus has expertise in both materials and methods and creates spatial designs, temporary structures, contemporary art and large-scale immersive environments. As architects, designers, engineers, and artists, they collaborate on new forms, new ideas and new ways to define and redefine public space in ways they hope to be joyful and inspiring. For our Lawn Party, Pneuhaus will debut their new series of giant inflatables, “Solid Bodies”.

Solid Bodies are an exploration of the unique relationship between architecture and human scale objects. Individually, the simple monolithic shapes loom over anyone who walks by and yet they are light enough to be moved with the slightest push. The power to manipulate bodies of this size evokes a distinct sense that alters a visitors perception of their own scale. The aggregate between the objects themselves and people’s engagement with them creates a dynamic interstitial space for people to navigate and play within.

Join us for an unforgettable outdoor playscape that gets more magical as the sun goes down!

5pm Lawn Party opens!
6pm Guided Mini Tour of the Museum
7:15pm Presentation (projected outside) by August Lehrecke of Pneuhaus

* Additional parking for the Inflatable Lawn Party is located behind the Museum on Downing Street - look for our signage. Carpooling, walking, and biking are always recommended!

Light refreshments, cash bar

Delicious light fare courtesy of Caleb & Broad, located on Broadway in Newport!

Art After Dark is generously supported by Matouk and Bank of Newport.

These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give your consent to be photographed, filmed, taped, and/or recorded.


August Lehrecke


August Lehrecke is a co-Founder at Pneuhaus, a multidisciplinary design collective working within the fields of event structures, spatial and object design, and contemporary art. He obtained his BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design’s Furniture Design program in 2014 and is currently residing in Providence, RI.

At Pneuhaus, August’s role mainly lies between the fields of spatial and computational design. Interested in how simple objects and environments can change the way we act and feel, he works to create experiences that pull people out of their comfort zones. This interest is exploratory in nature, seeking to change typical associations with space and observing its consequences. Due to the nonlinear nature of the studio’s materials and forms, another large part of his role lies in simulating flexible materials in a computer model. Experienced with a wide range of materials and fabrication techniques, he facilitates the transition from a digital model to the production process.