The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation.
When the FIGMENT City of Dreams Festival asked architects and designers to develop a structure using recycled and recyclable materials, BanG Studios delivered. Inspired by the work of the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project, they envisioned the Billion Oyster Pavilion. Though their amazing art installation was only temporary, its legacy lives on today in New York Harbor.
After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign, BanG Studios got to work on their design. Incorporating materials already used by the Billion Oyster Project in their work repopulating New York Harbor, they began creating oyster "condos" with 3D printed reef balls, marine line, and rebar triangles. The reef balls served as the base of the structure, while the marine line and rebar formed a canopy of oyster condos above.
The installation was put on display at Governor's Island for the public to enjoy and interact with over the course of a summer. At the end of the exhibition, it was dismantled and repurposed by the Billion Oyster Project. The canopy of oyster condos was filled with shells and marine life, then tethered down into the harbor with the reef balls. And just like that, art using recycled materials was recycled once again.
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