Gallery: PHOTOS: Interboro Partners’ “Holding Pattern” Installation at ...

The suspense is finally over! MoMa PS1's highly anticipated Summer Warm-Up courtyard installation has been revealed and it comes with a twist. At first glance, the airy area by NY firm Interboro Partners seems rather minimalist compared to past iterations but here's the cool part - almost every fixture in the space was built or purchased with the intention of recycling it by giving it to an organization in the community that needs it. That's right, from the foosball tables to the trees, each object has been reserved for a new home at the end of the summer and is essentially "on hold" for now - hence the exhibition's name, "Holding Pattern." Click through our gallery for our exclusive pics of this summery new sustainable space in Long Island City.

“To create Holding Pattern, we asked MoMa PS1‘s neighbors the following question: Is there something that you need that we could design, use in the courtyard during the summer, and then donate to you when Holding Pattern is deinstalled in the fall?” explains Interboro of its inspiration for the design. The young architects posed this query to libraries, schools, senior and daycare centers, art galleries and dozens of other institutions in the community and used their answers to put together a collection of seventy-nine objects and eighty-four trees. At the end of the summer, everything – from the ping pong tables to a lifeguard chair to a rock climbing wall will be donated to the organizations who wished for them. We honestly can’t think of a more clever idea for a sustainable temporary installation.

In addition to creating a serene outdoor area for museum-goers to enjoy during the warm weather, Holding Pattern connects the courtyard to the surrounding community more than any other summer Warm-Up design before it. Once you find out what the premise behind the design is, you can’t help but want to investigate which pieces are going to which neighbor and there is colorful signage around the yard explaining just that. The beneficiaries include the Astoria Butterfly Garden, Build It Green!, PS 171, Variety Boys and Girls Club, Socrates Sculpture Garden, IS 126, Recycle a Bicycle, 5Pointz, Sunnyside Garden Park and a whole slew of libraries including one right near my house – McGoldrick! We’re seriously impressed with the thought (and craftmanship, since many of the pieces of furniture were designed and built by the architects) that went into this year’s installation – spectacular job Interboro!

+ Interboro Partners

+ MoMA PS1: Warm Up

Images by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat


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