Yucatan inspires a dance-party ‘jungle’ in faraway Queens, N.Y.

A year in Merida influences architect when building an installation for MoMA PS1

This installation in Queens, N.Y., was inspired by a year-long stay in Merida, Yucatan. Photo: MoMA PS1

A Yucatan-inspired jungle has been built in Queens, N.Y., by a pair of architects who returned from a year of living in Merida.

The installation was built in the MoMA PS1 courtyard for Warm Up, a weekly summertime dance party in Long Island City. It is the brainchild of Mexico City-based architectural firm Pedro & Juana.

“We wanted to de-contextualize the festival-goers, transporting them into a space far away from Queens, into an immersive environment,” architect Ana Paula Ruiz said of the installation, “Horama Rama.” She added that they had wanted also to do masks, but didn’t have enough time.

MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. 

On view through Sept. 2, the installation is a spindly and circular, 40-foot-high and 90-foot-wide steel-and-wooden structure with tropical prints lining the insides of the scaffolding.

Ruiz and her partner Mecky Reuss drew inspiration from Merida after living in the capital city for a year. Ruiz said that the jungle they recreated doesn’t belong to any particular place, but “definitely from outside and probably to the south of the U.S.” Hand-woven Entre Nudos hammocks from the outskirts of Merida and a waterfall are included in the experience.

Though it was built for the Warm Up series, “Horama Rama” was baptized at two Pride parties last month.

Source: Bedford & Bowery

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