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PS1

Long Island City, NY

Status: Completed 2007

Artist: Ball-Nogues Studio
Structural Engineer: Endrestudio
Fabricator: Ball-Nogues

Designed in collaboration with Ball-Nogues Studio, Liquid Sky is a temporary installation designed for the courtyard of Long Island’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center for its annual summer music series, combines the zest of a joyful event space with rigorous research into new materials and digital fabrication. Winner of the eighth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program, this Fellini-esque project–-a circus tent, whose canvas has been replaced with phosphorescent scales of hallucinogenic colors--immerses the viewer in kaleidoscopic patterns of color created by sunlight filtering through an array of translucent, tinted Mylar petals that resemble blossoming flowers of stained glass. Together, the petals form a tensioned surface that reconfigures the horizon cresting above the walls of the courtyard. Six towers constructed from untreated utility poles support the surface while providing discrete spaces at their base for relaxing on enormous community hammocks made of brightly colored netting. For the adjacent outdoor gallery, the team designed the Droopscape, a slack catenary belly that shifts and flows in the wind, supported by drench towers that periodically soak visitors below with their gravity-induced tip buckets. As the installation changes from day-to-day, even hour-to-hour, your expectations create your own unique experience.