Kiosk is built and currently on display at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens NY.
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear is a kiosk by The School Studio for Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY. The Socrates Sculpture Park is a NYC Public Park with an active art sculpture program located on a site adjacent to The East River. As the name suggests, the sculpture program in Socrates is the primary aspect to the site that separates it from other NYC parks. However, because it is also a public park, it draws thousands of visitors every year whose primary purpose isn’t art appreciation, and many stumble into the park not realizing the surprises before them.
School Studio won the Folly Function 2019 competition in the Spring of 2019, which called for an entry kiosk that could additionally provide signage. School built the project ourselves during a 3 month period on site at Socrates Sculpture Park. The kiosk is planned to be in use for approximately 5 years, and is designed to require no foundation and can adjust for any piece of land across the property.
The School Studio proposal for the Socrates Sculpture Park kiosk is a comprehensive response to the intricate and unique conditions presented by the 2019 Folly/Function Competition prompt and Park ethos. The mirrored kiosk is designed to seamlessly integrate to the Parks current cultural program and landscape, play its functional role as signage, while creating a new platform of perspective for the public to view its city, the Park, and oneself. #SelfieAtSocrates