Skateboard Scraps Put the Party In Party Wall
MoMA PS1's summer arts installation will feature a large wall built with cast-offs from the skateboard-making process. Party on, Party Wall.
Each year, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and its contemporary art affiliate MoMA PS1 select an emerging architect to design a temporary, environmentally minded outdoor installation for MoMA PS1.
This year’s winning design by CODA — an Ithaca, New York-based experimental design studio — calls for the creation of a large wall covered in woven wood scraps, harvested from an eco-friendly Ithaca skateboard manufacturer. The wall is ballasted by water-filled, polyester-based pillows that can be illuminated at night. A series of archways will provide the shade during the day.
The Party Wall, opening in late June, will be the site of MoMA PS1’s summer outdoor music series, Warm Up. Part of the wall can be detached to form benches and communal tables, and a shallow wood stage around the base forms micro-stages for various performances. To top it all off, the wall functions as an aqueduct, carrying a stream of water across its top before feeding it into misting fountains and pools.