Digital Daffodil Pavilion

Gina, who is a second-year landscape architecture student at Penn State, sent along these pics of the recently completed Daffodil Pavilion on campus. All the elements were designed digitally and constructed using a computer controlled mill by the students. The design itself was inspired by flower petals and, unlike many of the sculptures around campus, students are encouraged to interact with the pavilion, rearranging petals or simply sitting inside. Nice work, people!


  1. Please tell me someone's gotten in, pulled all the petals up, and done either something naughty or passed out drunk in there.

    ...I know I would.

  2. I like daffodils.

    I like the poem 'Daffodils' by Wordsworth

    I really like this giant mechanical one.


    Daffodils by William Wordsworth

    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced, but they
    Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
    A poet could not be but gay,
    In such a jocund company!
    I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

  3. Kate - See? That's what I'm talkin' about! Thanks for the comment.

    esbboston - Thanks for the sweet Wordsworth poem!