Scrap material from a coated mesh fabric manufacturer has been used to construct a temporary shade installation at a community park in Coshocton, Ohio, that is intended to engage the community and provide a meeting place for summer.
Design studio Behin Ha has used scrap material from a coated mesh fabric manufacturer to build a temporary shade installation at a community park in Coshocton, Ohio. Titled Coshocton Ray Trace, the project is intended to engage the community in its construction and provide it with a meeting place over the summer of 2019, at the end of which it will be dismantled and sent back to the manufacturer for recycling.
Commissioned by the Pomerene Centre for the Arts, Behin Ha has designed the temporary shade structure at the site of a burnt-down hotel building in Artpark, a public park in Coshocton, Ohio, as a way of engaging the community in the arts at an otherwise blighted location. The installation works with existing structures on the site, tensioning light, bright orange ribbons of a coated mesh fabric between an existing steel balcony structure and the ground.
“The fabric is scrap material from Snyder Manufacturing in nearby Dover,” explains the studio. “As wide rolls of the fabric come off Snyder’s manufacturing line, the two ends of the roll are trimmed to provide straight edges. The trimmings, which are normally recycled back into the assembly line, were employed in the installation and are returned to Snyder at the end of the summer to be recycled back into their manufacturing process.”
Coshocton Ray Trace was assembled with the help of the community, who was involved in the tensioning of the ribbons between predesignated anchor points and their stapling in place, after local contractors did some preparatory work. The anchor orientation at the top and bottom create a twist in the ribbons, which makes the installation more transparent at eye level, and more opaque towards the southern direction.
The bright orange colour of the ribbons invites curious passersby to come into and explore the park, while, so far, the installation has also been used for various formal gatherings, including city council meetings and music performances.
Via designboom | Images by Brad Feinknopf