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Davidson on MoMA and P.S. 1’s Deliberately Flimsy Pole Dance

New York's Justin Davidson raves today about Pole Dance, the new MoMA/P.S. 1 architectural installation by new firm SO-IL, an interactive arrangement of 30-foot fiberglass poles, netting, and colored exercise balls:


Maybe this is flimsiness’s moment. Pole Dance already has an architectural cousin in the city: the Starn brothers’ Big Bambu, on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, a constantly expanding framework of long bamboo stalks lashed together with nylon twine sways and mutters in the breeze. Together, the two summer pieces remind a city accustomed to the rigors of steel and concrete that in many parts of the world, architecture need not always be expensive, permanent, weatherproof, or stiff. There is something electrifyingly paradoxical about a structure that is obviously strong, but at the same time looks like it’s falling apart.

When Flimsy Is Good [NYM]

Photo: Iwan Baan