CMYplay, a project proposal of A\V Studio, is a playground for children and adults alike packed into the thickness of The Cooper Union’s New Academic Building. Composed entirely out of three interweaving networks at a density befitting Manhattan, this tangle of tubes is rooted in the spirit of homo ludens, emphasizing the importance of play in a city which sometimes takes itself a little too seriously. Three simple, modules combine to create a grid-work of three-dimensional movement, forming traditional playground staples like slides and ladders, slipping out to become benches, and thinning within to allow for pockets of gathering and relief. At the end of the installation, tubes will be distributed to local schools and parks, allowing for virtually no waste and continuing the concepts of fun, movement, and activity for the foreseeable future.
*A\V Studio is an on-going design collaboration between Adam Hostetler of New York City and Virginia Melnyk of Beijing, China.