The Urban Web, under the Manhattan Bridge, transformed an underused portion of the Coleman Oval Skatepark on Manhattan's Lower East Side, into a multi-sensory interactive installation. The inspirations for web's iconic design were influenced by the dynamic cable geometries of the Manhattan Bridge, as well as the chaotic street grid that forms the Lower East Side. It is our passion for humanitarian design that inspired us to take a minimally invasive approach in using ropes to create unique volumes and intriguing spaces to be enjoyed by all. While the web compliments the adjacent skate park, it also functions on its own to be used for street performances, or just to frame an urban room.
The project was put up the week of October 20th. The project team spent the day putting up the installation and interacting with the Park's visitors. The team interviewed visitors about what they would like to see in the park. Our team posted the responses here, http://afhnypark.tumblr.com/. It is our hope that our research will lead to the park being updated in a way that will speak to the park's users.