The Young Architects Program is a competition that invites emerging architects to propose a building project for P.S.1's Long Island City courtyard. Experts in the field of architecture, including architects, curators, academics, and magazine editors, nominated five finalists from a pool of 17 candidates. The finalists were given a project budget of $60,000 and instructed to transform the courtyard which will serve as a venue for "Warm Up," the popular music series held annually there. Xefirotarch's winning entry, titled "SUR," is a playful, elegant installation resembling a reconfigured skeletal form that will undulate and sprawl throughout the courtyard."'SUR' is futureistic and organic, sophisticated and exhilarating," said P.S.1 Executive Director Alanna Heiss. "Visitors will feel as if they've landed on another planet for the afternoon.""SUR" consists of a red and white base cast with composite fiberglass and rubber, and a corresponding freestanding aluminum armature covered with latex and polyurethane-sprayed spandex. Scattered between the fluid surfaces of the skeletal form are benches to accommodate some of the 3,500 to 5,000 people who attend each music event in the series.The canopy overhead will be silver in appearance and conceal artificial lighting. Combined with the suspended, tiered shard of fabric, the artificial lighting and the summer breeze will dapple visitors beneath with a range of shadows and light densities.
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