tra Moenia is a site specific
installation designed and produced by SOFTlab for the San Gennaro North Gate.
The piece was commissioned by Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and produced by
The They Co. The piece serves as the North Gate to the annual San Gennaro
Festival. We developed a form that created out of two distinct oculi as a reference
to one of the simplest and most effective classical architecture devices. One
oculus points up while the other hangs down defining a zone on the street for
pedestrians. The two forms are created using a minimal surface blending the two
oculi together in a way that blurs the distinction between the two. The final
geometry was developed closely with the structural engineering firm Arup. The
piece is completely held in tension from cables attached to the surrounding
buildings. The shape is completely site specific and can only find its true
form when attached at these specific points and tensioned with the proper
lengths. Each piece is unique requiring custom software tools to be developed
to fabricate the installation.
The installation is
made of 4224 laser cut panels. Each panel is a unique shape and printed with a
custom color. The panels are connected using over 6,000 aluminum grommets. The
shape is held in complete tension using a complex system of cables and tubes
attached to the surrounding buildings.
: Mylar, Aluminum
Grommets, Photo Gels, Aluminum Pipe.
Surface Area: 1683
between Houston and Prince, NYC
Carrie McKnelly, Sean Madigan
Elliot White, Brandt Graves, Sarah
Hunter, Liz Kelsey, Brandon Bartle, Sonal Patel, Sally To, Simon Kristak, Henry
Choi, Julia Schleppe, Katherine Salamat, Anthony Buccellato
: Barbizon Lighting company
, Grafix Plastics
, CRAFT Engineering
, DaVinci Artist Supply