A sculpture on view this summer at MoMA PS1 will serve as an example of how architecture could actively fight pollution.
What if art work could do more than just hang on a wall? This summer a new sculpture known only as WENDY will inhabit the courtyard in front of MoMA PS1 in Queens that will actively clean the airspace surrounding it.
The large sculpture is more than just a spastic geometric collection of pyramidal hard edges but also a pro-active agent against pollution. Wendy is made from nylon fabric treated with titania nano-particles that actively clean the air. Its cleansing abilities are equivalent to removing 260 cars from the road. The sculpture is meant to represent how buildings can be designed to deal with ecological issues in a way that is more active than just the types of materials they use. Architects in the future could integrate this type of technology directly into the design of buildings. In addition to helping the environment the sculpture is being used to make the PS1 courtyard a place of fun and socializing. It will help transform the space in front of the museum into social zone by playing music and shooting water canons into the courtyard.
The sculpture was developed by HWKN and as part of its inauguration they are also selling WENDY related products designed by major designers. They are selling totes designed by both Pentagram and Bruce Mau Design via their website.
Check out the concept video for the sculpture below: