In the latest winning installation proposed by emerging architects for the courtyard of Long Island City's famed MoMA PS1 gallery, a large spiky sculpture -- nicknamed "Wendy" -- will clean the surrounding air using special nylon fabric.
MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program, now in its thirteenth year, selects architects to create a temporary summer installation that will provide shade, seating and water. According to the press release, the 70’ x 70’ x 45’ "Wendy" proposal by HWKN (Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner) was selected due to its innovative treatment of social and sustainability issues (in addition to being equipped with a water cannon that will spray visitors):
Wendy is composed of nylon fabric treated with a ground breaking titania nanoparticle spray to neutralize airborne pollutants. During the summer of 2012, Wendy will clean the air to an equivalent of taking 260 cars off the road. Wendy’s boundary is defined by tools like shade, wind, rain, music, and visual identity to reach past the confines of physical limits. Wendy crafts an environment, not just a space. Spiky arms made of the nylon fabric mentioned above will reach out with micro-programs like blasts of cool air, music, water cannons and mists to create social zones throughout the courtyard.
It looks something like a huge crystal funhouse that one can enter, but made out of off-the-shelf component and nano-tech fabrics. Besides providing an anchor of activities in the gallery's courtyard, the gigantic structure will act as a backdrop to MoMA PS1's "Warm Up to Summer" musical performances. The installation is slated to go up in June; more information on the PS1 website.