Gearing up for its 5th edition from May 8-16, Design Pavilion returns to the streets of New York City inviting public engagement with design and innovation, during the NYCxDESIGN festival, with a citywide installation entitled Open to the Sky.
New York City, the center of the world, will be the backdrop to the message of hope, spirit, collaboration, inclusivity and diversity. We’ll re-energize creativity in the most creative city in the world.
A selection of structures will be presented in Times Square—Design Pavilion’s home base—with other structures placed at landmarks and in neighborhoods around the city including the Pulitzer Fountain Plaza on Fifth Avenue and Flatiron Plaza, among many others.
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The intent of the installation is to create a place of contemplation where one is removed from the chaos of city noise and everyday life. The experience is meant to create a moment of discovery, allowing visitors to enter a mental space of solace. Constructed of steel and wood, FILTER is a tactile, sustainable, renewable structure that celebrates our precious natural environment represented by a specimen tree. The chapel-like structure fosters a sense of calm and encourages the visitor to be in the moment, connecting with themselves and this introspective environment.
In addition to providing a domicile for momentary meditation, the installation also serves to deliver a message about reuse of material. At the close of the event, the structure will not be destroyed, but will be placed in a public park and will be used in the same way for generations to come.
The structure is 34 feet in diameter, and 21 feet high, comprised of a ring of pre-fabricated steel totems with relevant quotes and writings scribed into the surface. A wood ramp allows for entry and exit, elevating the “chapel” above the street level. Once inside, wood seating situated around the perimeter and the centrally located tree, provides a sheltered space to reflect.
FILTER is designed by Jackson Hole WY and Bozeman MT based CLB Architects, with material donation, fabrication and installation in partnership with Emit Technologies (Sheridan, WY), Spearhead (Nelson, BC), and Dowbuilt (Brooklyn, NY).
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Imagine a dynamic, well-known urban space that you experience every day. You are in this space systematically on a daily road from your home to work and back. Every day you pass the same bars, boutiques, and banks. You observe the same way first in one direction, then in the other, and the images that are slightly blurred by traffic, are irreversibly captured in your head.
Suddenly, in the middle of this space, there is a monolithic mirror where you stop, and in the reflection you see someone's gaze. You stand a moment longer and still looking into the reflection, it comes to you with all the power that it is not a matter of your lack of perception but of the lack of time to perceive. You finally stop, look and... SEE.
Attention then focuses on the least predictable fragments of the urban tissue. The reflection has provided you with a new dimension of reality that you explore with enthusiasm.
The use of pure stainless steel shaped with innovative FiDU technology makes this project ecological. Steel is a sustainable material that can be fully recycled. As the forms are shaped with compressed air, they remain empty inside, requiring less material and energy in production, as compared to other metal technologies. This precisely planned production process minimizes the amount of waste, fulfilling the ideology of a circular economy.
This is CRYSTAL MONOLITHS by Zieta.
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