Queens, NY—Have you met “Wendy”? She is a pleasure and a joy to behold. Designed by HWKN (Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner of New York), the stunning blue outdoor installation is the winner of PS1’s Young Architects Program. The specifications for the competition required the proposed projects to provide shade, seating and water and address sustainability and recycling issues.
“Wendy” has a commanding presence, reinventing the outdoor environment that connects PS1’s contemporary entrance facade with the brick school building that houses its exhibition galleries. The 70-foot sculpture is constructed with a scaffolding system with enormous nylon-covered spikes that “reach out with micro-programs like blasts of cool air, music, water cannons and mists to create social zones throughout the courtyard.” At the base of the structure, there is a series of receptacles that appear to process water that is eventually filtered up through the work. As you admire “Wendy” from various angles in the museum courtyard, you may feel an occasional spray. The water and the work is refreshing.
“Wendy” is on view at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City from July 1 to Sept. 8, 2012.
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The yellow building in the distant background is the top of 5Pointz, an old factory building covered with murals painted by street artists from around the world.