To minimize impacts on the lawn and to distribute loads over a large area, our structural solution uses cascading trapezoids to transfer all “imposed loads” to four “line loads” that meet the ground.
Inspiration for this structural concept started with the Brooklyn Bridge. The shapes and the cadence described by the network of cables reminded me of Marcel Duchamp’s painting: Nude Decsending a Staircase No. 2.
Duchamp in turn was influenced by the photographer Etienne-Jules Marey who studied the elements of locomotion.
Duchamp’s painting depicts a model moving down a staircase by means of a series of cascading shapes. In similar fashion this design transfers loads from the occupant to the ground by means of a series of cascading trapezoidal planes.
Parts of each chair will be individually accented with a bright color to symbolize the "diversity" of the occupants of the Park (all basically the same form but different in color and accents). The use of Steel & Glass refers to the metropolis that is the back-drop to the Park.
Frames will be locally manufactured from welded 3/8” Steel Rod & Tubing (tubing or rod depending on local structural requirements).
Frames will be painted with a “Matte Powder Coat Finish”.
“Seat & Back Panels” will be manufactured from Unbreakable Glass or Scratch-Resistant Polycarbonate with “radiused & polished” edges. A major glass manufacturer has suggested using a proprietary product for the Seats & Back.
I am an Architect in NYC. I owned a wrought-iron furniture company and consider myself to be highly qualified to oversee the development of prototypes and to find sponsors.
Moveable Outdoor Seats:
A “light design” both in terms of weight and appearance. The cantilever design derives its strength from each component having multiple attachment points along their lengths. Joints could also be “pinned” or “notched” for additional strength.
“Stackable”with one chair sliding inside the other from behind (75% efficient). From the Elevation it is evident that the frame could also be “foldable”.
Suitable for all people:
The Seat is a bit higher (16”) to accommodate elderly users. A wide Base makes it stable for children.
Simple materials that produce recycleable waste.
Friendly to the lawn:
The Base is a series of parallel runners that distribute the load over a large area, and unlike traditional chair legs, will not puncture or cut into the lawn.
Fit into the Park:
A paint color based on a scan of the lawn allows the frames and transparent seats to disappear into the landscape (except for intentional design “accents”). The Steel & Glass materials refer to the buildings at the Park’s perimeter.
RFID Tag and Sponsor Recognition:
Glass Backs will accommodate the attachment or engraving of Sponsor Information. Security Tags will be hidden inside of the steel-frame.
Beautiful, comfortable, durable, economical:
Beautiful, comfortable, durable, economical.
Work well alone or in groups:
Sides of the seats are angled. When lined-up with sides touching, the group describes an arc, ideal for observing performances.