"Hydraspan" (link to the project page) is a new commissioned installation at the YBCA in San Francisco. It will open on Oct 18, 2013 through Feb 2, 2014. It is a part of the "Dissident Futures" exhibition curated by Betti-Sue Hertz. Hydraspan is the third project in the "Hydramax Trilogy" of projects which also includes our "Hydramax Port Machines" and the "Theater of Lost Species". Models and drawings of all three projects will be on display at the YBCA. Check out our project Pinterest page for the latest install images.
What is Hydraspan?
"As fresh water becomes our most precious resource, radical new forms of living will emerge."
-Future Cities Lab
The 40-foot long “Hydraspan Bridge Colony” installation (exhibited in the YBCA glass passageway overlooking Mission St - diagonally across from the Liebeskind designed Jewish Museum) is a quarter-scale model of the west span of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. It is a speculative proposal for the radical reuse and re-colonization of the bridge infrastructure. Suspended from the bridge trusses, thousands of fog-catching catenary ribbons sustain an inner world of domestic and agricultural activity: floating living units are tethered alongside fresh water catch basins, robotic sky pods support suspended fish farm vitrines, and the bridge trusses serve as the catalysts for social, political and commercial exchange.
Credits: Future Cities Lab, San Francisco - Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno (Design Principals); Team members: Ripon DeLeon (Senior Associate). Production Team: Ji Ahn, Fernando Amenedo, Michael Atherton. Commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).
Special thanks to the amazing installation and facilities crew at the YBCA!
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