TIPS & TRICKS GUIDE: SUGGESTED PROJECT MATERIALS & RESOURCES FOR GOVERNORS ISLAND
Metal and fiber glass
These are suitable materials for holding up to the elements.
Glass and Plexiglas
Glass and unframed or unsupported Plexiglas are not suitable for the island, as when these break they leave behind dangerous shards.
Plants and Living Materials
If your project proposal contains plants or running water, it’s important to note that the access to water is extremely limited when Governors Island is open to the public. If your piece does contain plants / living materials / running water, you must map out additional plans for maintenance and you will be expected to make more frequent trips to Governors Island to maintain it.
Wood and wood-like materials
While wood has demonstrated the ability to make it through the season, it can suffer in the environment on Governors Island. Consider using a few extra coats of paint to increasing the durability of wood materials in your project. For durability reasons FIGMENT has determined for the construction of your project to use:
• A minimum of 1/2 inch thick weather-treated plywood
• 3/4 inch or 1 inch if you are using oriented strand board (OSB).
• Under no circumstances should you use medium density fiberboard (MDF) as it has consistently demonstrated an inability to withstand the Governors Island environment.
• Pressure treated wood is ideal and consider sealing the wood with 2 coats of deck paint.
• Lastly, keep in mind the weight of each of your projects sections.
If you cannot move a section with 4 or less people you will encounter challenges during install, de-install and during your maintenance visits. We strongly recommend your section your project into multiple sections so it is easier to install, de-install and move should the need arise.
Small and or moving parts are likely to fall off and/or need constant repair. Anything shiny and pretty that can be pried off will be.
Consider a child’s mentality and curiosity. Avoid sharp-moving parts, or pointy things that stick up even if it seems obvious that they should not be touched. FIGMENT Weekend should be fun, and a trip to the ER is never fun.
This is not a traditional art event. When you design a piece for FIGMENT Weekend imagine that it will be climbed on by 15 people at a time, kicked, walked on, etc. — for 8 hours a day, for 2 consecutive days. If it rains, there is limited shelter, water will gather in low-lying areas and grass will turn muddy. Keeping that in mind, build for the apocalypse and consider a modular design for ease of transport and installation and de-installation. Although we have not had acts of intentional vandalism, anything that moves, is shiny or removable will be played with and pulled on in ways you did not imagine.
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