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Party Wall open in MoMA PS1 courtyard (slide show)

The winner of this year's Young Architects Program prize is Party Wall by CODA, an installation that will cool visitors down all summer long in PS1's courtyard.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1

Photograph: Luciana Golcman

Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1


The summer solstice has come and gone, school's out and summer's on. At Long Island City's MoMA PS1, that means one thing: the return of Warm Up dance parties in the courtyard in the company of the Young Architects Program prize—this year Party Wall by CODA (a.k.a. Caroline O'Donnell from Ithaca, NY)—which must, to fulfill its requirements, offer shade, seating and water. (We loved last year's spiky blue winner, Wendy.) Party Wall's massive steel framework, which seems to spell WALL upside down (in fact, its shadow spells the word right side up), is covered with an intricate wooden lattice made of materials left over from skateboard production. (In case you're wondering what the giant blue balloons are on either side of the structure, they're water-filled ballasts designed to hold the sculpture in place, in lieu of an underground foundation.) Whole boards can be removed to act as chairs and tables (each is attached to the structure with a giant magnet), and you can even take one out to practice your skateboarding moves (sans wheels) on the gravel. Refreshing cooling stations, in the form of mist spraying and several mini pools anyone is welcome to take a dip in, make it a sort of built-in air conditioner for the outdoor space—and, naturally, a total kid magnet. Check out our pics, above, and video, below.

Party Wall will be installed in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 through August 31.


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