O.D.D. (Open Directional Device)
Client—Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Production—Thumb, with assistance from Adam Kleinman, Paul Poggi, Shoko Tagaya, Carolyn Thomas
Installed at LentSpace, Canal Street and 6th Avenue, New York, NY
2 feet by 216 feet
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a non-profit arts organization, recently opened their largest project to date, LentSpace, a free outdoor space for art and performance. This temporary project — made possible by the donation of an entire city block — creates an “in the meantime” activity for the vacant site while it awaits development.
The final component of the system developed for the site was the most open-ended. Open Directional Device, or O.D.D., is a 216-foot long installation comprised of 26 two-foot by eight-foot marine plywood panels, each arrayed with 495 off–the-shelf aluminum disks typically used for tagging equipment on oil derricks. These twenty-six panels are mounted to the operable fence that encloses one edge of the site. Aside from producing a pleasant atmosphere through the reflection of light and subtle sound, O.D.D. uses color to indicate areas where fence panels are operable, thus directing pedestrians to entry points into the space.