ONE BUCKET AT A TIME / PAVILION
Join the Winnipeg Design Festival as we celebrate design through the installation of a Festival Long Pavilion. Pavilions are set up in the Micro Events section of the WInnipeg Design Festival grounds.
Originally designed and constructed as a Pavilion for Mexico City’s Mextrópoli Festival 2017, 5468796 Architecture and Factor Eficiencia are thrilled to create a unique and exciting installation for the Winnipeg Design Festival. This collaborative project highlights the liberal enjoyment of public space in an urban environment and uses the building block of the bucket to do so. The original intent of the buckets was based on a highly local situation – in Mexico City, 45 million daily commuters navigate complex road networks, frequent traffic jams, public protests and parking shortages. The street, prime public space, is the setting for all such friction. There, “viene viene” — entrepreneurs who function outside of government oversight — bribe the local police, use common painter’s buckets to claim a piece of the street and charge hopeful drivers looking for a parking spot with an additional fee in exchange for access to their illegal stall. Each viene viene can control one or several city blocks with their buckets, and will threaten anyone who parks without agreeing to pay them.
The Pavilion was inspired by this hijacking of public [parking] space and used common painter’s buckets as the building block for an interactive pavilion. Connecting the buckets via a grid of ropes, the installation is a malleable ‘surface’ that the public is encouraged to freely explore. The surface functions like a giant carpet; people can sit run, play, stand, lounge and participate in the act of taking over the public realm.
The project was received with incredible success by visitors to Mextrópoli and though its origins were strongly local, we are proposing that its essential and interactive qualities can be easily reinterpreted for any number of urban design contexts.
Opening with the Winnipeg Design Festival, this internationally designed installation will remain up for Culture Days and Nuit Blanche. One Bucket at a Time is spearheading an initiative to raise funds for a Mexico City-based orphanage for girls and young women. Details on how to participate, what your donation supports and to support the initiative can be found at www.onebucketatatime.ca
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 5468796 Architecture and Factor Eficiencia, with NYL Studio Engineers