MoMA Paper Arch2000

New York, NY

The Paper Arch was a 30 feet high by 64 feet wide structure spanning 87 feet over the MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, made entirely out of paper tubes. It was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of its celebration of the new millennium. The Paper Arch project harkens back to the MoMA history of constructing houses and other structure in the garden, beginning with a modern house designed by Marcel Buer in 1949, and ten years later three structures by Buckminster Fuller. The roof, the most expressive architectural element, worked with the natural bent of the tubes in its structure and geometry. Its purpose was not only no cover but also create new context of animated surfaces underneath. Various shadow patterns play out on the garden, patterns that wrap around the objects, while the entire space transformed into a monumental outdoor room.