Roosevelt Island, NY
This winning competition entry for the Roosevelt Island Universal Arts Center addresses the issue of accessibility as cultural inclusion — aiming to maximize access to the world of art and facilitate the incorporation of art into everyday life.
The Mobile Art Park is conceived of as a network of floating barges. Inheriting Southpoint’s history of landfill that has grown Roosevelt Island over the past 50 years, the barges gather together to form an ‘Artfill’- a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts. The barges form a migrating network that extends throughout the regional waters of New York’s five boroughs and beyond.
Linking together in multiple combinations, the barges accommodate different events at the scale of the entire Southpoint site. Dispersed throughout the city, the barges bridge culturally disparate enclaves with the vibrant communities of artists already thriving in the city.
The Mobile Art Park floats ambiguously between Nature and Culture. Each barge is composed of two general programs: the leisure space above and the art space below. Through various combinations, the production and consumption of art is mixed with everyday leisure activities. Like a naval fleet comprised of different ships, the barges can be deployed in various programmatic combinations that suit their destination in the city and world beyond.
In collaboration with Dominic Leong