"My Hair at PS1" by TempAgency; Photo: TempAgency
So you're one of four finalists for this summer's MoMA PS1 installation, and you're desperate to outdo your competition. Solution: add hair. LOTS of it. TempAgency's proposal for the 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program involves doing just that, using wispy columns of human hair to help shape the PS1 courtyard. Needless to say, had TempAgency's follicle folly---we had to do it---triumphed over CODA's Party Wall, New York's sweatiest museum parties would have been a whole lot funkier (= smellier).
The exact project details are scant, but it seems that the architects would source all that hair from the city's many, many barber shops and salons. The recycled head carpets would be dyed and fastened to metal mesh cylinders, themselves attached to long fiberglass poles. These hair chandeliers could be positioned in a number of ways: pinned horizontally off the wall in clusters, stood upright to create little forests, or angled to create a jungle gym of sorts. There would even be hair tunnels and rooms. Activities would include, cutting the hair, brushing it, teasing it, and, worst of all, washing it. Yes, the scheme is definitely fanciful and very gross, but you can't help love the irreverence of it all or the sheer amount of energy and joy that went into its making. Just watch the video!