A colorful canopy of rainbow-hued ropes has blanketed the MoMA PS1 courtyard just in time for summer. Called Weaving the Courtyard, the vibrant installation by Mexico City-based Escobedo Soliz Studio is a manifestation of the firm's winning design from the museum's 2016 Young Architect's Program competition to design a sustainable temporary pavilion that provides shade, water and seating for PS1's popular summer Warm Up concert series. The energizing interactive display opens to the public in Long Island City today and will run through August.
Described by Escobedo Soliz Studio principals Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral and Andrés Soliz Paz as “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres,” Weaving the Courtyard transforms the MoMA PS1 courtyard into an urban beach blanketed by a “cloud” of woven, multi-colored ropes that have been strung through existing holes in the concrete formwork ties of the museum’s walls. Some areas of this “patterned sky” are more tightly woven than others, resulting in ever-changing patches of shade that move across the courtyard with the sun throughout the day. Thus, the seemingly straightforward canopy also becomes an interesting experiment in how concertgoers respond and move around the courtyard in response to these environmental changes.
While the woven web keeps visitors’ heads cool, they’ll also be able to beat the heat by wading in a reflective pool filled with freshwater at the rear of the courtyard.
A sizable embankment filled with sand turns the courtyard into an urban beach conducive to barefoot dancing.
As per the YAP competition’s sustainability guidelines, Escobedo Soliz Studio utilized materials that can be easily disassembled and reused after the installation closes in August.
“This year’s finalists of the Young Architects Program explored a range of approaches, materials, and scales to effectively question the MoMA PS1 courtyard as an arena for escape,” said Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. “Escobedo Solíz’s ingenious proposal speaks to both the ephemerality of architectural imagery today but also to the nature of spatial transactions more broadly. From the evocative woven canopy that will engage visitors overhead to a reflective wading pool, Weaving the Courtyard sensitively brings together elements of MoMA PS1’s Warm Up Series with an exuberant collection of zones and environments.”
The first Warm Up series concert will be held this weekend on June 11 from 3pm-9pm (doors open at noon). MoMA PS1 is open Thurs–Mon from noon to 6pm.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda, except where noted.