Organic Growth Pavilion

by Joseph McKeown

Organic Growth  by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects (Madrid/London)

Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects (Madrid/London)

A trip to Governors Island, a 172-acre island approximately 800 yards from the southern tip of Manhattan, is a delightful way to spend a summer afternoon. Featuring miles of bike paths, historical reenactments with a canon being fired (fun for the whole family), delicious food, cultural events, and a hammock, this summer the island is also displaying some beautiful outdoor art pieces including the Organic Growth pavilion on the Parade Ground. Taking inspiration from nature and discarded and found materials, the design utilizes broken umbrellas, old stools, and damaged bicycle wheels. The pavilion is composed of elements that can be dismantled and re-used after the summer. "Branches composed of several umbrellas and tripods, can be easily reused as sun, wind, and rain protection in outdoor spaces all around the city. Larger elements can be beautiful indoor chandeliers and can be useful for community centers or other public spaces." The piece is being shown until September 20. If you go, don't forget, the last ferry on the weekend leaves at 7pm. Don't miss it!