To infinity and beyond! Art inspired development of human kind since the day one. Tiny glimpse in to the future artists have today are a great source of inspiration for technological development tomorrow. Brooklyn-based designer James Paulius, created unique, interactive installation called Sky Villages. This marvelous piece of art is located at the SPARK Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Interactive play center area for children contains dozen of stackable modules rearrangeable as expanding homes. James made Sky Villages colorful houses out of reclaimed wood from Manhattan water towers. This wooden habitat floating between clouds has a purpose of educating children about our planet’s constantly evolving population. And with that opening their inquisitive young minds to alternative thinking when it comes to housing of the future generations.
Sky Villages presents the possibility to dwell in the sky in modular architecture that can be added or removed as populations increase or decrease. Dwelling units are prefabricated with the intent of reuse rather than discardment. When a unit no longer fits the particular needs of its location, you can move it elsewhere for a new family to reside in. As a result of constant evolution, these structures accommodate the ever-changing tendencies of humanity and nature.
I have an interest in designing products that integrate people with their environment to promote creativity, curiosity and joy. My belief that our ability to influence society and culture through the conscious creation of our environment inspires me to design artifacts that are sensitive towards the effects they have on humans.
I gather inspiration from everything I’m exposed to on a daily basis. The initial idea of Sky Villages came from Buckminster Fuller’s Cloud Nine, and the Japanese Metabolism architectural movement. Cloud Nine was a concept that could hold thousands of people in a tensegrity sphere floating in the sky. The Metabolism movement aimed to create modular building structures. Ones that could grow and evolve along with the humans that live in it.
Sky Villages Moving Up!
This imaginative sculpture is a another great example of how art impacts our way of thinking, and in a way our future. Furthermore, I really hope James will continue to inspire our young ones in reaching out to the stars. So, if you would like to stay up to date with James’s designs please follow him on Instagram. Finally, I would like to invite you to share your thoughts on this art piece in the comment section bellow.