Even Though I’ve spent most of summer 2018 in temporary disability recovering from my shoulder surgery. Lately, I’ve been keeping myself busy. Catching up on all the fun outdoor activities I wasn’t able to get around to at the beginning of the season.
Due to my slow living recommendation from my surgeon I’ve been living a leisurely and mindful summer. Enjoying moments of solitude outdoor with nature, architecture and site-specific presentations. To commence my summer’s 2018 wanderlust adventures I visited MoMA PS1. New York City’s Museum of Modern Art’s annex in Long Island City, Queens. I was eager to experience Hide and Seek. The 2018 winner of the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’ annual Young Architects Program.
This industrial mirrored playground comes from the conceptual minds of Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine. In collaboration with ARUP’s Clayton Binkley.
Now in its 19th year, the Young Architects Program not only provides emerging artist and architects with the opportunity to design and present inventive projects. But it also challenges its winners to create temporary outdoor installations aim to provide shade, seating, and water. An ideal setting for the museum’s lively Saturday Warm Up events.
One of the longest-running music programs within a museum celebrating 21 years.
“Warm Up celebrates a wide range of artists: emerging and established, local and global, and across genres.”
The architects must also consider environmental issues including sustainability and recycling when creating their architectural creations.
Hide and Seek is set as a minimalist industrial playground equipped with mirrors that sway with the wind or human interaction. A runway made for dancing, prancing, and relaxing in the shade stands as the main attraction on the main courtyard. Here is where most of the action goes down thanks to the water misting system made to provide refuge from the summer heat. Unlike Kelis’ milkshake, what brings all the boys and girls to the yard at this playground is the cooling mist.
Located in an adjacent courtyard the oversized rope hammock has to be one of the most desirable parts of the project. Wish I had one of these on the rooftop of my apartment building. The playful hammock is where everyone comes to relax, unwind, and maybe take a nap. Equipped with a large mirrored sheet and canopy that provides additional shade.
An exhibition of the other finalist’s proposed works is on view at the Museum of Modern Art: LeCavalier R+D, FreelandBuck, BairBalliet, and OFICINAA.
Site-specific presentations such as Hide and Seek by Dream the Combine is one of the reasons I enjoy and promote summers in New York City. Aside from its temperamental weather, it is a playground full of outdoor activities for kids of all ages.
I especially love getting around all the site-specific art exhibitions created with the purpose of making our summer adventures a little closer to mother nature. They aim to help us connect to our natural elements. Helping us to be more mindful and help quiet the chaos.
Let’s get real, I’ve had my shares of frustrating muggy days waiting underground for the subway. I would rather sweat that way in hot yoga. Good thing we have fun and breezy locations to get away from the sometimes overwhelming summer like-inferno.
Not to ignore how surreal the courtyard at MoMA PS1 is on its own. I’m a keen admirer of the naturally formed displays of light and shadows. Combined with the raw concrete elements.
I’m wearing The Dude Embroidered Oversized Bowling Shirt Dress by Paigeboy. An NYC based emerging brand by one of my good friends from the Fashion Institute of Technology- Krystle Ansari.
Photography: Tatiana Katkova