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This serpentine canopy of 30,000 reclaimed plastic cups will be the feature pavilion at Figment NYC 2014 on Governors Island.
120 backers pledged $14,275 to help bring this project to life.

Governor's Cup Pavilion Selected as a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards!

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We're excited to announce that the Governor's Cup Pavilion has been selected as a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Plus | Architecture +Self Initiated Projects Categories!

As a Finalist, the Pavilion is competing for the two most sought-after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award.

The online public chooses the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. Voting starts today and ends April 3rd. Please help us by voting!

Vote here.

The Life of Governor's Cup

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We've posted a wonderful time-lapse video on our Facebook page. It records the construction and installation of the pavilion, as well as its summer-long presence on the island. Have a look!

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Contribute to the Spirit of Public Art on Governors Island!

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Please join us for a special workshop for the Governor's Cup Pavilion this Saturday August 16th, from 11:00am - 5:00pm.

The workshop will be held at the Pavilion site and aims to complete the construction of a serpentine extension through an adjacent line of trees.

In addition to this unique and fun experience, music and snacks will be provided for all.

We can't wait to see you there!

Join us for a special workshop!

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photography © ashley simone
photography © ashley simone

How can what is discarded and headed for land-fill be revalued and transformed into something useful and, perhaps, beautiful? Come join us to find out!

CDR Studio Architects will be hosting a workshop for our Governor’s Cup Pavilion on Saturday August 16, 2014. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for the public to engage in architecture and construction.

A DIY sensibility of participation and dialogue is at the heart of the Governor’s Cup design, construction and installation. The workshop aims to complete the construction of a serpentine extension of the Pavilion, extending the structure through a line of trees adjacent to the site.

In addition to this unique and fun experience, music and snacks will be provided for all. 

When: Saturday August 16th from 11:00am – 5:00pm

Where: The Pavilion is located on the southwest side of the Parade Ground.

Stop by to contribute to the spirit of public art on Governors Island!

T minus ONE DAY to OPENING WEEKEND!

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Phew, it has been a very drammatic month! Post lifting party, we continued working with the island arborist to secure the final structural attachments, which was a very laborious phase as there were 150 lines. 

photo by David Flecha @dflech87
photo by David Flecha @dflech87

Once in place, with a very concentrated effort to build and compose the column on site, we resolved that the space beneath the canopy would feel better actually without it. We were unconvinced of its positive benefit to the overall composition because it split up the space severely and didn't make the space inviting.... It just wasn't working! So we nixed it. Design is a dynamic process that continues to develop as a project is realized! 

photo by Kimberly Tate @architate
photo by Kimberly Tate @architate

Responding to the installation as it continued to evolve on site before us, we then made many tests to play out the infill between the tape segments: Which loops do we fill and how? Up or down as it agrees with the overall composition? Should the cups be installed to the top or bottom of the tape? Details, details, details!  But this is where one of the biggest breakthroughs came about... 

During a test, one of the the infill pockets grew and grew creating spatial and occupiable volumes beneath the canopy. The new masses are magical and they directed views through the canopy openings amplifying the experience of the tape forms. Plus, it's super cool that you can actually GO INSIDE the installation now... Fingers crossed the delicate curtains survive the weekend. We'll see how it goes and then adjust the lower infill after the festival. 

photo by Kimberly Tate @architate
photo by Kimberly Tate @architate

Views from above, unfortunately only visible from the scissor lift, reveal a dynamic and breathtaking topography.

photo by Kimberly Tate @architate
photo by Kimberly Tate @architate

Needless to say, we are super psyched that FIGMENT weekend is finally here and this canopy will be able to be enjoyed by the larger public in its most magnificent manifestation. We're also excited to explore the other amazing pieces on the island.  The FIGMENT festival opening ceremony will take at our pavilion at noon on Saturday, the 7th. Come out and play with us!

photo by Katya Zavyalova @trashtalkep
photo by Katya Zavyalova @trashtalkep