Gallery: Today is the LAST DAY to Visit the Wacky Rainbow City Wonderla...

photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat
If you were thinking that the one thing missing from the High Line is a lot full of crazy giant bouncy castle-like creatures, today is your lucky day. To celebrate the opening of Section 2 of the High Line, the parking lot below the elevated park at 30th Street has been transformed into a weird and wacky wonderland full of giant colorful balloon creatures. Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou, in partnership with AOL, opened "Rainbow City" last month in honor of the ever growing High Line. For the month of June, Rainbow City will transform the usually grim location into a 16,000 square foot playground. The best part? It's designed for interaction, so you can touch and move anything you like. But hurry -- today is the last day for the candy-colored world! Hit the jump to see the surreal playland for yourself!

The happy city below the High Line features oversized brightly color sculptures that look like something out of Mario Brothers or Rainbow Brite. FriendsWithYou wants visitors to interact with the different pieces, putting the experience of the wonderland in your own hands — basically, they want us all to feel like kids again! The installation and all it has to offer closes today, after which the city has said it plans to host a variety of free and low-cost events that may include live music and film screenings.

To complement the installation, there will be a Rainbow City Pop-Up Shop called BOXER, created by HOLLWICH KUSHNER (HWKN). The shop is a simple red and white striped 8′x8′x6′ box that cracks open in the middle like a music box to provide access to the products inside. “In our design we turned off our sculptural design brain, and focused on a form that is iconic, yet simple, showing off — actually empowering — the products that are being sold,” said Matthias Hollwich, Co-founder and Partner of HWKN. The pop-up shop is an example of HWKN’s “optimistic architecture,” the idea that everything architects do has the potential to enrich our society.

Plus, with free educational programs for children and a variety of local beers by The Brooklyn Brewery for the adults, the artistic landscape aims to please all ages. The space will also host plenty of food trucks (you know you can’t get enough of those!), including ice cream sandwiches (including vegan options!) from Coolhaus, cold beverages from Kelvin’s Natural Slush Co., tasty tacos from The Taco Truck, as well as some lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound and delicious falafels and smoothies from Taim Mobile.

Be sure to get out and enjoy the Rainbow City before it’s too late! It closes at 10 p.m. tonight.

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  1. Timmer June 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Just one look at the photos and I can smell that vinyl baking in the sun.

  2. lazyreader June 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men.