Growing up on the prairie the wind was like a sister: a constant companion, sometimes mean and cold, sometimes gentle and refreshing, most of the time just there. Kids play outside, when the wind blows all the time, you just get used to it.
This piece, Windshape, was a temporary or “ephemeral structure” at the Savannah College of Art & Design’s campus in Lacoste, France. It was designed and constructed by nArchitects and SCAD students. The idea was to make a structure that would bend and change in the wind, by using strong yet flexible materials. Twenty-five foot long PVP pipes were fastened together at strategic points with aluminum collars, and then white plastic string was threaded in-between the pipes.
Rather than creating a structure that hides its residents from the wind this one embraces it and connects to the elements.
In southern France the Mistral is legendary, and this structure gave it a place to play. Apparently when the wind was strongest, “Windshape moved dramatically and made a hissing sound akin to dozens of jump-ropes.”
According to the website the structure became a public meeting space and the site of concerts, exhibits and ceremonial gatherings throughout the summer. Lovely.
All images from nArchitects website