NYCxDESIGN Presents Design Pavilion - Public Display

October 12, 2023
October 18, 2023
Gansevoort Plaza in Meatpacking, at Gansevoort St. and 9th Avenue, New York City
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Rendering: Public Display. Artist and spacial designer Michael Bennett found inspiration in the profound interplay of materials and space.

Public Display

An installation designed by Michael Bennett, founding principal, Studio Kër
Programming by Form Us With Love Studio
Gansevoort Plaza in Meatpacking
October 12-18, 11am-9pm Daily

Public Display will sit at Gansevoort Plaza—a spatial composition crafted to facilitate public gathering for connection and communication. The installation was conceptualized by Michael Bennett, former Super Bowl Champion and NFL defensive end, who is now exploring architecture as the Founding Principal and Creative Director at Studio Kër. Bennett found inspiration in the profound interplay of materials and space, becoming particularly fascinated by the properties of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). Balanced to perfection, Public Display relies on the qualities of CLT, elevating the concept of "mass" to an art form that enhances the weight of mass, the lightness of space, and the poetry of connection. Tension arises when a weighty object occupies space, yet it instills a sense of peace and tranquility. The installation not only holds substance in form, it also holds space for dialogue and revelation, making it the ideal conversation pit for this year’s edition of Design Talks. With programming curated by Stockholm-based industrial design studio Form Us with Love, the talks will explore waste management, the circular economy, and other sustainability-related topics. 

“Public Display is a tribute to our environment, with a commitment to sustainability and an artistic presentation. Plus, the space offers a series of community conversations. To listen is to love, so we create sacred space to listen," said Michael Bennett, Founding Principal and Creative Director at Studio-Kër.


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