Thursday, February 9, 2012
So, tell me exactly what we’re looking at with this design. MK: Wendy is basically a sculpture made of fabric made of nanoparticles that clean the air. It made us realize a very simple equation: the more surface area we create, the more air we can clean. And how does the process work? MH: The fabric will be coated with Titania nanoparticles, or TiO2. In short, when TiO2 is hit by sun, it triggers a catalytic and chemical reaction that neutralizes nitrodgen dioxide. Inside of Wendy you will have a micro climate that is triggered by the sun exposure from outside. The heat generated creates an internal convection that enhances the flow of air inside out and outside in, further intensifying the air-cleaning effect. The budget is not disclosed, but it’s not big. It’s tight. What that meant for us is that we needed to find the most efficient way to get the most fabric on the site as possible. What we did was start with the scaffolding, which is a quintessential New York construction technique, and with the scaffolding we made the biggest outline we possible could and operated within that structure, and that’s sort of how the playground for Wendy became established. We started pulling at this fabric form to increase surface area. ArtInfo.