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Giant corn and mushroom towers to be erected at MoMA PS1

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Feb 10, 2014 By Michael Florio

A tower comprised of organic bricks will be erected in the MoMA PS 1 courtyard, which will serve as the urban landscape for the 2014 Warm Up summer music series.

The artwork, called Hy-Fi, features three circular-shaped cylinders built from bricks made from corn stalks and mushroom roots.

The top of the tower will feature reflective bricks to “bounce light down on the towers and on the ground,” according to MoMA PS1.

The design was deemed the best at this year’s Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1.  It was designed by the New York architectural firm “The Living.”

The competition called on architects to create a structure with an emphasis on environmental preservation– such as recycling and sustainability.

“It is the first sizable structure to claim near-zero carbon emissions in its construction process and, beyond recycling, it presents itself as being 100% compostable,” said Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design.

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