Pillowy Cloud Made of 53,780 Plastic Bottles Chosen as 2013 FIGMENT Festival Pavilion

by , 11/21/12

green design, eco design, sustainable design, FIGMENT Festival, Jason Klimoski, Lesley Chang, Head in the Clouds, Recycled art, Governors Island, HuycKurlanDowling, MTQTHSS, Fodder Form Pavilion, Maria Mingallon, Enneper Pavilion

Head in the Clouds will create a serene cloudscape on the grassy knoll of Governors Island. The lightweight pavilion will appear to be a bumpy cloud from the outside, but when guests enter, they will be able to gaze up into an iridescent blue sky made of blue-colored water filling the jugs.

The framework will be made from lightweight aluminum tubes that are easier to transport than wood or pipe. For the “clouds,” Klimoski and Chang will collect and recycle plastic bottles and milk jugs. Working with local schools, New York Road Runners and NYCRUNS, the pair will collect the 53,780 jugs needed to create the bumpy organic shape of the pavilion.

The jugs and bottles will comprise 120 pillows that are joined together to make the rounded exterior of the recycled pavilion. Organic blue food coloring and water will be added to each jug to reference the sky. The FIGMENT City of Dreams pavilion will invite visitors to sit comfortably and daydream beneath both the artificial and real sky.

Other entrants included HuycKurlanDowling’s plant starch “Fodder Form Pavilion,” MTWTHFSS’s “For Rent”, which uses rented materials and Maria Mingallon’s Enneper Pavilion made from toilet paper tubes.

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  1. containedideas July 7, 2013 at 10:04 am
    Just tweeted you guys: I would love to know if you all made it down to the NYC FIGMENT Fest yesterday and might be printing a follow up article? Images? Info? So exciting to read about this from Canada. According to FIGMENT's website the Fest will be here in August! Exciting! Look forward to follow up. ;) J_nine_34 twitter.
  2. bonooobong December 28, 2012 at 6:49 am
    Amazing! Progressive and sustainable design! Big up!