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Cloud Communing: STUDIOKCA Creates Pavilion for Governor's Island

By Anna Fixsen
August 6, 2013
Photo © Chuck Choi

Head in the Clouds
Studio Klimoski Chang Architects
New York City, New York

Part Anish Kapoor, part meteorological boon, Brooklyn-based Studio Klimoski Chang Architects (STUDIOKCA) created an 800-square-foot cloud to grace Governor’s Island as FIGMENT’s third annual City of Dreams Pavilion.

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The Head in the Clouds Pavilion, funded in part through Kickstarter, beat out 200 other design proposals to generate a “place to dream in the city of dreams.” To create the seemingly cotton-soft, billowing form, volunteers and the architects at STUDIOKCA clustered 53,780 recycled milk jugs and water bottles (the amount discarded in New York City in just one hour) in mesh. The structure, supported by lightweight, 1.5-inch aluminum tubing and anchored with sand, can accommodate up to 50 visitors. Natural light filters through the translucent bottles, tinted blue and turquoise with water and organic food coloring.

FIGMENT is a non-profit art organization that facilitates participatory art events across the country. Head in the Clouds Pavilion is on view through September 22.

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