Wendy, an installation that cleans the air and beautifies the city

Wendy, an installation at MoMA PS1by HWKN

Wendy, an installation at MoMA PS1by HWKN

Wendy, an installation at MoMA PS1by HWKN

Meet Wendy, an installation in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 for the remainder of the summer. Wendy is the brainchild of HWKN, a New York based firm that beat out four other finalists for the chance to realize their project. One of the more interesting things about the project is its attitude about environmental responsibility. Instead of adopting passive strategies, Wendy elects to use active ones:

“Wendy is composed of nylon fabric treated with a ground breaking titania nanoparticle spray to neutralize airborne pollutants. During the summer of 2012, Wendy will clean the air to an equivalent of taking 260 cars off the road.”

In a lot of ways, the project is like an angry-looking raincloud. Wendy provides shade for folks underneath her, and a series of fans blows mist through the mesh that covers her spiky arms. But Wendy doesn’t have a silver lining, she has a titania coating.

Alex Dent

June 30, 2012 / By

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