88 Cones

140 SF
New York, NY

As part of 2008 Park(ing) Day in New York City and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Forum for Urban Design, this instal­la­tion reap­pro­pri­ated a com­mon street arti­fact, the traf­fic cone, into a cri­tique of auto­mo­bile con­ges­tion in our cities. The­o­ret­i­cally, 88 Cones would be needed to block off all the park­ing spaces on Mott Street for one block. Lim­ited to one park­ing space for our instal­la­tion, we sym­bol­i­cally col­lected all these cones into a sin­gu­lar sus­pended structure.

We wanted to invert the street cone both lit­er­ally into a sun-shad­ing canopy and sym­bol­i­cally as an object of pos­si­bil­i­ties rather than of denial.