Forty-three thousand five hundred condoms are being recalled during the manufacturing process, and 940,000 condoms expire in the United States stores per year. These condoms cannot be recycled directly in the factory, because they have lubricants and other additions on the surfaces. Thus, we raised the question that, instead of ending up in the landfill, how could these discarded condoms serve a new function to prolong their meanings, and how could they develop their features in a new possibility?
We anticipate that the pavilion will be installed in Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island.
Taking advantage of the flexible characteristic of condoms (it can be stretched to 62.4 inches maximum, be filled with 25 liters of water, and is high resistance to friction and abrasion), we create a flexible pavilion which can be reshaped by interacting with people as well as the wind.
The pavilion has three layers of condoms vertically. The top layer is the condoms with hydrogen. It can show different shapes over time responding to the surroundings and wind. The middle layer is at the same height as human genital areas, which has a certain metaphor that refers to gender differentiation. This layer consists of three or four condoms in each unit. As we enter in, walk, or even push the condom units, the middle layer can be formed by our actions. And the bottom layer is the condoms with the gravity provided by water to set on the ground. In such a way, by applying the condom’s characteristics on a pavilion, we discovered the new interactions between condoms and people and made the pavilion adaptive to the surrounding environments.