Responding to the question “What would an art pavilion made out of recycled materials and based around the idea of “The City of Dreams” look like to you?” STUDIOKCA built a giant cloud sculpture made entirely from plastic bottles and other recycled materials.
Located within New York’s Governors Island, the pillowy structure was chosen from over 200 submissions and was created for this summer´s Figment NYC outdoor festival, after months of hard work and a lot of patience.
The “Head in the Clouds Pavilion” is a massive installation made from recyclable aluminum, wood, and 53,780 recycled plastic bottles and water jugs, which is the number of plastic bottles thrown away in New York City in just 1 hour!
The unique shelter is “A place to dream, in the ‘city of dreams’.”
It allows people to lose themselves inside changing their everyday perspective and providing an eco-friendly atmosphere for daydreaming within a public space. Inside it, visitors can contemplate the light and color filtering through the “cloud’ from the inside, out.
Mesuring 40 ft long x 18 ft wide x 15 ft high, the structructure is made from a series of “pillows” made from one gallon jugs that form the exterior, while sixteen and twenty four ounce bottles line the interior.
These smaller recycled plastic bottles were filled with blue water dyed with organic food coloring, mimicking a cloudy sky and glitter in the sun.
Sand, water and a curved aluminum frame provide structural integrity and create a small indoors area that can shelter up to 50 people at the time.
A well as providing a whimsical, fun experience for people visiting the island, “Head in the Clouds Pavilion” is also a visually strong representation of the nearly 48 million plastic bottles thrown away every day in the US, something we all dream that will get reduced with time.
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