Last summer, New York-based firm Interboro Partners created Holding Pattern for MoMA PS1's courtyard. Revelers of the popular Summer Warm-up parties enjoyed the furniture, fooseball tables, and trees. Just as Interboro Partners pledged, each piece was then recycled by being donated to various organizations around the city.
As the project progresses, the components of Holding Pattern are making their rounds through PS1’s neighborhood. While designing the project, Interboro Partners reached out to organizations in Long Island City, meeting with community leaders to learn what their organizations did and asked them what items they would need to help enhance the experience of their participants. The community’s needs were a driving force for the project and an inspiration for each level of the design.
When Interboro’s survey of the needs of the neighborhood was complete, the design that we enjoyed at PS1 was created. Now, each of the 79 pieces and 84 trees has found new homes in over 50 organizations around Long Island City. LIC School of Ballet received the mirrors from the courtyard’s hall of mirrors, which now adorn their newly expanded dance room. Holding Pattern’s ping-pong table was gifted to Checker Cab Management’s break room, and the fooseball table was given to the Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement. Kids at LIC Daycare are enjoying the climbing wall, and some of the trees were planted outside of Teamsters Local 808. LIC’s Community Garden is now outfitted with benches and chess tables for all locals to enjoy. The lifeguard chair that held court in the courtyard now guards the Variety Boys and Girls Club’s new pool.
Interboro Partner’s awesome installation is still bringing joy to Long Island City, a truly incredible art installation that will continue to inspire and support a local community.