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The wind-powered " Turntable "
installation at Cooper's Poynt
Waterfront Park in Camden,
N.J., is comprised of three-ply
polypropylene face masks,
brass grommets, two-liter
plastic bottles, chicken wire,
plywood and steel. Photos:
SLO Architecture.
SLO Architecture's 'Turntable'
contemplates Camden's
history and future
O
ne of the many enduring reminders of the coronavirus pandemic is
the sight of used, discarded masks littering public spaces. Amanda
Schachter and Alexander Levi of New York City's SLO Architecture
have taken on the idea of unearthing the discarded in " Turntable, " a
public installation at Cooper's Poynt Waterfront Park in Camden, N.J.,
that turns face masks and plastic bottles into a wind-powered beacon.
" Turntable " recalls Camden's lost history-the city was home to
the Victor Talking Machine Co., which became RCA Victor (today's RCA
Records). It's said that many of the company's original vinyls from its
Cooper Street warehouse were dumped at the park shoreline in 1971.
The installation uses wind energy captured by thousands of cut twoliter
soda bottles, spinning a cylinder above a circular colonnade. Inside,
a lightweight dome of three-ply polypropylene masks, with an oculus
open to the sky, forms a space to contemplate the cycles of Camden's
history as the city comes together again post-pandemic. According to
the artists, by using everyday plastics held individually in the hand or
worn on the body and then thrown out, the installation " redefines the
discarded as a latent collective material to harness Camden's potential
energy ahead. "
" Turntable " was commissioned for A New View, an initiative of
Camden's Cooper's Ferry Partnership, which is transforming six highly
visible spaces along the city's public transportation corridors from
eyesores used for illegal dumping into multipurpose community forums.
These converted spaces are hosting dynamic temporary installations
and creative programming through October 2021.
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