Gallery: ZAHA HADID’s Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel or Central Park?


It used to be that Manhattan’s Central Park was reserved for leisurely Sunday strolls, ultimate Frisbee on the Great Lawn, and narrated carriage rides for out-of-towners. There was a policy to keep public art works out of the park proper leaving public spectacles to be reserved for ‘New Yorkers just being New Yorkers’ and the odd impromptu performance. Ever since Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s saffron-bedecked The Gates and now Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls, it seems as if the city is looking for creative ways to build up its financial reserves. We are not sure if Zaha Hadid’s latest Mobile Art pavilion (created as an homage to Chanel’s classic handbag) is the best way for the Central Park Conservancy to boost its programs and plantings, but in this new era of ‘bread and circus’ art and life on the verge of recession, who is really going to fight a posh take on an old classic?

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  1. bonmar malta October 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

    how much this project could be cost?

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  4. Tim Girvin August 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    For Hadid — hurrah!

    But what I find curious about is the concept of brand, architecture — and the link to story, how that might be interpreted. And here, it’s all about light. In studying her earlier works, I’ve thought that while amazing, the spirit of her designs, I’ve also felt that there was a spectacular mass — a heaviness that might be implicated; but these days, it seems like a lot of her work is increasingly lighter “appearing” and delicate in character. And Chanel’s installation is just like that…Light, fluid, elegant — and luxuriously sinuous. Perhaps, really, this is one of the most luxuriant representations of brand in the context of place. Worth watching.

    Tim Girvin | | |

  5. dannyMeringa August 1, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I would like to signal another interesting piece of the NewYork architecture, here is the MINI rooftop, a green oasis on the rooftop of an old warehouse.

    check it out


  6. seireeni July 31, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Yeah. They had this here in Tokyo and you had to be on a reservation list to get in. I, having no pull whatsoever, did not get in. But in this case, they put it up in a commercial exhibition area across the street from a major park – not in the park. So, while on the subject, I would encourage everyone to read: Deluxe: How luxury lost its luster.

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