Giant Pavilion Made of Skateboard Scraps Coming to MoMA PS1 This Summer

By Jeanmarie Evelly on January 23, 2013 12:14pm 

LONG ISLAND CITY — It's the skate of the art.

Revelers who frequent the summer weekend dance parties at MoMA PS1 will be greeted by a new look in the museum's courtyard this year: a giant pavilion made from wooden scraps left over from manufacturing skateboards.

MoMA PS1 recently announced the winner of its annual Young Architects Program with the selection of "Party Wall," an enormous temporary installation that will offer shade, seating and cooling pools of water for visitors during its Warm Up summer concert series.

The structure is the creation of CODA, a design firm run by architect Caroline O'Donnell, and will be built from wooden scraps that are left over from skateboard manufacturing company in Ithaca, N.Y.

The base of the installation will feature removable pieces that can be turned into benches or communal tables for party-goers, and pools of water will be installed at various locations underneath the structure to serve as "cooling stations."

A different installation is built in the museum's courtyard each year. Last summer's Young Architects Program winner was "Wendy," a large, spiky nylon structure that shot blasts of cool air and water at those on the dance floor.

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