Audi & Columbia University | Experiments In Motion
Art Domantay | exhibition installation
Designed by Troy Conrad Therrien and Christopher Barley, the fifty foot floating model of Manhattan was researched with the help of the MTA, the DOT, and the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE). The suspended aluminum street grid is a 1:1500 scale replica of Manhattan’s road infrastructure while the plexiglass below presents a never before seen view of the architectural volumes of every subway station on the island. Projected onto the floor below is an animated shadow that reveals the flows of motion through the city. Subways, buses, bike lanes, ferries, tunnels and bridges are described as flows of motion which come together to expose the city as a interconnected system for mobility - a city of motion.
In order to install the Experiments In Motion model, the construction team headed by Art Domantay built an elevator rig allowing the model to be worked on at any desired height before it is raised up to its hanging position and the table is removed.