Through Horizontal Lever Arms:
As an object extending into the water, the pier does not stand at the water's edge but directly above it. This gives an opportunity to engage the habits and movement of Manhattan's most prominent (and sometimes forgotten) natural physical feature.
The sunshade is composed of a series of vertical masts, each supporting a horizontal lever arm. Sailcloth is stretched between and over the series of lever arms. Using cables, each arm is connected to a buoy floating on the water's surface. As the water level changes, the buoys pull on the lever arms and alter their position.
The macro and micro scales and cycles of the river are conveyed in an easily seen fluctuation of physical form. The effects of seasonal changes in water level, daily high and low tide, and momentary disturbances created by wind and passing boats are realized in the movement of the sun shelter.
Site Plan of Existing Pier & New Sun Shelter:
What is the tide height now?
The Double Tidal Bulge:
|The combination of gravitational force between the Earth and Moon creates two locations of high tide on the waters of the Earth. Two high tides and two low tides are typically experienced over the course of the day. As a result, the sun shelter would cycle twice each day. This movement restores the connection of the pier to its original lifeblood: the water.|