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Giant Bubble Threatens Citywide Path of Culture

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We weren't sure where the relationship between art and the High Line could go following this sordid affair, but color us amazed. Next week, the Storefront for Art and Architecture will bring the Spacebuster to U.S. shores. What's the Spacebuster? Oh, just your average "mobile inflatable structure that serves as an entirely portable, expandable pavilion." Created by Raumlabor, a group or architects and urban designers that couldn't possibly sound more German, the bubble-dome will host 10 consecutive evenings of events in various locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Roosevelt Island. The Spacebuster will debut next week underneath the High Line at West 25th Street for a press preview, then head to the Meatpacking District's Gansevoort Plaza for a public unveiling/inflation on the 17th. Here's more on the madness:

The pavilion is comprised of an inflatable bubble-like dome that emerges from its self-contained compressor housing. The dome expands and organically adjusts to its surroundings, be it in a field, a wooded park, or below a highway overpass. The material is a sturdy, specially-designed translucent plastic, allowing the varying events taking place inside of the shelter – dance parties, lecture series, or dinner buffets – to be entirely visible from the outside and likewise the exterior environments become the events’ backdrops. When inflated, the dome has proportions of 65.5 feet deep, 33 feet wide and 21 feet high. The space is highly adaptable and will morph depending on the surrounding environment. It merges with its surroundings: enveloping lampposts and trees while yielding to building facades or nearby vehicles.

Which means that it should look something like the above when it's inflated under the High Line, or like the bellow when rolled out in an open area. Want to be a Bubble Boy? Stay tuned to the Storefront's website for the schedule of events.


· Spacebuster by Raumlabor [Storefront for Art and Architecture]