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Massive Pavilion of Recycled Cups Coming to Governors Island

By Irene Plagianos on December 17, 2013 3:58pm 

 "Governor's Cup," the winner of the annual FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion contest, features an interwoven canopy of recycled plastic cups and was designed by CDR Studio.
"Governor's Cup," the winner of the annual FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion contest, features an interwoven canopy of recycled plastic cups and was designed by CDR Studio.
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GOVERNORS ISLAND —  A massive canopy of recycled plastic cups will rise on Governors Island next summer.

The whimsical, eco-friendly structure — called Governor’s Cup — won the FIGMENT arts festival’s annual City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition, the organization announced Tuesday.

Jurors chose the pavilion of crocheted cups, designed by architectural firm CDR Studio, from nearly 200 other entries, according to the competition’s website. The submissions were narrowed down to five finalists in September.

The lattice-like structure of repurposed cups will hover around a cluster of trees during Governors Island's upcoming summer season, according to the organization.

FIGMENT, a nonprofit arts organization that hosts public art installations across the country, runs the annual contest in partnership with the Structural Engineers Association of New York and the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects NYC Chapter.

Other proposals that nearly made the cut included plans for an "art cloud" made from hundreds of used boards and a "dreamcatcher" pavilion made from multicolored balloons.

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