Harvest Dome 2.0 was just announced as the winner of the Dwell Vision Award, a new design competition sponsored by Big Ass Fans. The innovative design is the second coming of SLO Architecture's delicate art installation made from 450 found umbrella frames and plastic two-liter bottles. As we reported about a year and a half ago, the original Harvest Dome met its end in a destructive crash on Riker's Island, but the installation's creators, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, decided to fund a second attempt through Kickstarter.
Schachter and Levi met their $7,500 goal in March and have spent the time since rebuilding an improved Harvest Dome with a team of local interns. With the help of a barge, a tug boat, and the local canoe club, the delicate orb was anchored into place at the end of July. One major variation from the original design is the addition of LED lights to make the piece enjoyable at any hour.
According to the husband and wife design team’s kickstarter campaign, the 24-foot diameter sphere stands “as a physical revelation of the city’s accumulated waterborne debris.” What a great reincarnation of 450 umbrella frames and 128 plastic bottles!
Photos by Andreas Symietz