BY JOHANN HAMILTON
Hundreds gathered at MoMA PS1 on Saturday for the return of its Warm Up summer music series.
Taking place every Saturday through September 7, Warm Up also features the 2013 winner of the annual Young Architects Program “Party Wall.” The structure was designed by CODA, an studio for architectural research and design founded by Caroline O’Donnell.
Standing at approximately 40 feet tall, the Wall has a porous exterior created out of skateboard scraps donated by Comet, an Ithaca-based skateboard company. Some of the wood scraps can be detached from the Party Wall’s self-supporting steel frame in order to create benches and tables.
“It’s a really interesting work of art,” said attendee Bruce Dessner. “It’s hard to believe that it’s all just skateboard parts put together. Definitely worth coming to see in person.”
The Wall also features an aqueduct-like system for transporting water along the top of the structure into various misting stations and pools found both inside and around the structure itself. Because the wall is hollow, dozens of people can relax inside of it, enjoying the shade and cooling off in one of the small pools located inside.
“I love that there are pools inside of it so you can keep cool,” said Ashley Baker, who was taking advantage of the shade found within the Wall. “It’s very imaginative.”
Warm Up also features a large dance floor overlooked by the DJ’s stage, a selection of beers and wines and an indoor art exhibit. Admission to the event is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Long Island City residents get in free with proof of residency. For more information, visit momaps1.org/warmup.
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