Year | 2012
Int/ext | ext
Url | link
Bottles | 1581
Type | Shading structure
Construction | Hanging
Materials | colored water | PET bottles | strings | wooden frame | wooden screws
Function | Awareness | Exhibition | Shading
Authors | Garth Britzmann
Team | volunteers
Location | Nebraska | USA

(POP)Culture shelter is a project by Garth Britzmann who intended to create a canopy shading device above a parking lot. 1581 empty soda bottles of 20oz (0.6 liters) were filled with a small amount of colored water. The basic structure of the canopy is a frame structure. The bottles are attached by strings. It took 27 volunteers 12,5 days to connect the bottles to the strings and erect the final construction. The object stood on site for three months. It was demolished because it was discovered that mold had formed in the bottles.
The projects’ geometry was created with the use of 3D modelling software Rhinoceros with scripting in Grasshopper plug-in for this program. First the surface was designed, and after that the length of the strings was derived, and also the color of the water for the bottles, which was related to the height from the plane.

POPculture shelter, photo: Chris Paulsen
POPculture shelter, photo: Chris Paulsen
POPculture shelter, photo: Chris Paulsen