Pedro & Juana's 'Hórama Rama' Lands in Queens

John Hill
28. June 2019
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects

Mexico City's Pedro & Juana has completed their Hórama Rama installation — a 40-foot-high, 90-foot-wide cyclorama — for this year's Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens.

Three months after Pedro & Juana, the firm of Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, were selected as winners of the 2019 YAP, their installation is all done and open to the public. Designed as a setting for revelers at MoMA PS1's popular Warm Up concert series to cool off, Hórama Rama has shade and water features as well as places to sit. 

Yet, like most of the previous YAP installations, Pedro & Juana's design is about more than fulfilling functional requirements. In an interview with MoMA Ruiz Galindo and Reuss said they wanted to "change the horizon" by "blocking the view" of the surrounding developments in booming Long Island City. They counter that view with images of the jungle: Mexico transplanted to Queens.

World-Architects visited Hórama Rama earlier today and snapped some photos. The installation is on display until September 2, 2019.

Hórama Rama has a strong presence above the concrete walls of the MoMA PS1 courtyard.
Once through ticketing, this is the first view of Hórama Rama inside the courtyard.
Lining the inside of the "cyclorama" is imagery from Mérida, Yucatan.
Handwoven hammocks are provided for museum visitors and Warm Up revelers.
The large structure spans the two main courtyards of MoMA PS1.
The second, smaller courtyard has a waterfall and more hammocks. 
The number and density of the wood "bristles" creates plenty of shadows no matter the time of day (note the security guard standing in their shade when I took this photo just after noon).

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