Saturday, May 10, 2008

Revisiting the ENYA Mobile Art Park for Southpoint

In 2006, the Emerging New York Architects association held a competition titled "Southpoint: From Ruin to Rejuvenation (The Roosevelt Island Universal Arts Center)". One of the entries was titled Mobile Art Park which won third prize and was designed by New Yorkers Dominic Leong and Brian Price. Their design, as stated in an April 2006 Main Street WIRE article “builds out from the shoreline with art and gallery barges, and rooftop leisure-scapes and sculpture parks”.

I was reminded of this entry today when it was featured in the blog “Pruned” which is subtitled “on landscape architecture and related fields”. While I enjoyed and would support many of the concepts that emerged out of the ENYA competition I must admit this one always amazed me as it was very dynamic and allowed for constant adjustments and modificatons allowing for different themes to be established and conveyed to the public.

It is still unclear if the FERI endorsed Louis Kahn designed FDR - Four Freedoms Memorial will ever raise the funds needed to be built but if the FDR memorial does happen woudn't it be amazing if this Mobile Art Park concept could be added to the design. Would liven up the Kahn design immeasurably.

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