Socrates Sculpture Park
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Circle Shade—2πR4 is the winning entry to the 2017 Folly / Function competition run by the Architectural League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park. The challenge was to create four portable, deployable canopy structures for flexible use throughout the highly active environment of Socrates Sculpture Park. Circle Shade—2πR4 consists of three main components—a circular canopy, aluminum support poles, and cylindrical drum counter weights. The circular canopy is connected to the poles with custom designed high strength structural 3D-printed joint nodes, engineered as rigid connections, with the ability to customize for variable pitches to the canopy. Elegantly simple, each canopy tilts while the structures can rotate in position to one another, exuding a playful character that complements the spirit of the Park.

Sunday Tour Info: An OpenDialogue talk and tour with Circle Shade—2πR4 architect Eva Jensen will take place at 3pm.

This site is part of the special series Spaces of Respite, highlighting sites across the five boroughs where you can find respite from the stress of contemporary urban life, pause, and gather your thoughts. Click here to read more and see the full list of participating sites.


Image Credit: Hou de Sousa