FIGMENT is a free participatory art event that is 100% volunteer-powered. FIGMENT NYC's summer-long projects include a minigolf course, treehouse, architectural pavilion, and interactive sculptures on Governors Island!

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2015 Pavilion Finalists

FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) are excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition:

  • The Pulp Pavilion by MegaZoo (Melody Rees and Arthur Azoulai)

  • Billion Oyster Pavilion by BanG studio (Babak Bryan AIA – principal; Henry Grosman – principal; Suzie Betts – with Sam Janis, Harbor School/Billion Oyster Project)

  • Tied Together by Hou de Sousa (Nancy Hou & Josh de Sousa)

  • Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects (Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno, Adriana Cabello Plasencia, Alejandro Espallargas Omedas and Alfonso Aracil Sánchez)

  • Galassia by Michele Zanella


This year’s finalists incorporate reclaimed and biodegradable materials, educate visitors about harbor restoration, and raise awareness about recycling regulations.

Call for sculptures is open

FIGMENT is now accepting proposals for the NYC 2015 Summer-Long Sculpture Program

FIGMENT is a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture that began on Governors Island in 2007. It has since expanded to ten cites in three countries on two continents. In New York, in addition to the FIGMENT NYC Weekend EVENT, FIGMENT has hosted an Interactive Sculpture Program on Governors Island since 2008.


We invite you to submit a proposal for this year’s Sculpture Program. We intend to select 3-5 large-scale interactive sculptures that are daring, creative, and durable. The work must survive the elements for four months and withstand constant interactivity with the public. We intend to offer each chosen sculpture a budget of $3,000 - $5,000. However, if your vision exceeds this budget and you are driven to reach your goal, we can collaborate with you to help raise the additional funds.


January 15, 2015

Information Session

Thursday, November 20th at 7 PM

WeWork Lounge, 154 Grand Street, Soho

This optional session gives you the chance to meet the curators, ask questions, and learn more about past successful projects and common pitfalls. Please RSVP.

Imagine a New York where anything is possible

AIANY and SEAoNY team up with FIGMENT to bring the City of Dreams Pavilion to Governors Island each summer

The Governors Cup construction. Image by Chu Yang.

There’s a stunning new architectural pavilion on Governors Island this summer, thanks to over 100 volunteers and 120 donors

The Governors Cup Pavilion hovers among a cluster of trees on the south end of the Parade Ground. CDR Studio designed and constructed the pavilion specifically for the 2014 FIGMENT program. Visitors are invited to go inside the structure made of 30,000 reclaimed plastic cups that otherwise would have been tossed in the trash. The Governors Cup is the winner of the 2014 City of Dreams Pavilion competition, part of FIGMENT NYC, an annual free participatory summer-long arts event that has returned to Governors Island for the 8th time.

FIGMENT NYC is now accepting entries for the 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion design competition

The Governors Cup by CDR Studios. Photo by Cori Carl.

More photos of the Governors Cup are available at Inhabitat.