Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana has been named the winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1's 20th annual Young Architects Program. Hórama Rama is a large-scale cyclorama featuring a panoramic image of the jungle on scaffolding that protrudes above the courtyard of MoMA PS1 and catapults visitors into a wild, foreign territory.
The nearly 40-foot-tall, 90-foot-wide structure hovers over the courtyard space, reframing the horizon and positioning visitors in an urban jungle. The presence of this large circular structure reconfigures the courtyard into an immersive environment that visitors can move in and out of, contrasting with the cityscape immediately adjacent to the Museum. Amplifying the experience are hammocks crafted in the south of Mexico along with a functioning waterfall. The exterior of the structure features protruding wood 'bristles' that create a dynamic sense of movement.
Selected from among five finalists, Hórama Rama will be on view through the summer, serving as a temporary built environment for MoMA PS1's pioneering outdoor music series Warm Up. "For the 20th anniversary of the Young Architects Program, each of the five finalists designed potential-of surface, of movement, of space, of structure-as narratives that both reveal and conceal," said Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design. "Pedro & Juana's world-within-a-world, Hórama Rama, is a manifold of views in which to see and be seen, to find and lose oneself in a radically different environment. The installation constructs a collection of scenes into which visitors may escape, even if for a moment, whether in a hammock or by the waterfall."
Images: Pedro & Juana