Initially designed as a pavilion for people explore and enjoy as part of Mextrópoli City Architecture Festival in March 2017, the installation was inspired by the prevalent use of buckets to hijack public space in Mexico City. Received with great enthusiasm by visitors, these strong local origins of the bucket have been reinterpreted by the design team in a new project for the Winnipeg Design Festival and Nuit Blanche/Culture Days.
▼装置全貌，view of the installation
在墨西哥城的城市地区，居住者两千三百万居民，四百五十万每日通勤交通网络，也面临着频繁的交通拥堵现象，公众抱怨和停车设施短缺等问题。而这些，都发生在街道这一城市最主要的公共空间中。这些在城市政府监管之外的小商户们被称作“viene viene”，他们通过行贿当地的片区警察，擅自用油漆桶圈地宣誓主权，让苦于找不到车位的司机们不得不付费停车。就这样，这些“viene viene”们通过油漆桶，轻而易举得掌控了一个或多个城市街区，并以此迫使停靠在此的机动车交付停车费用。
In Mexico City’s metropolitan area, with a population of more than 23 million people, 4.5 million daily commuters navigate complex road networks, frequent traffic jams, public protests and parking shortages. The street—the 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.
▼装置如同席卷而来的巨大地毯，the buckets are roped together which act like a giant blanket
“One Bucket at a Time”装饰用油漆桶代表城市街区来打造这一互动式的艺术节展馆。通过绳子将油漆桶连在一起形成可塑的表面，它如同地毯一般变换着姿态席卷而来，并能人为的调节其高度和卷度。来访者可以在此踩踏、移动、跳跃、就坐、休憩或从事各种公共活动。在三天的展览中，位于高处的油漆桶将逐渐下放至地面。通过使用油漆桶这个被用以对公共空间进行占位的工具，设计师高调指出了这一社会问题，并以此鼓励墨西哥的城市居民们勇敢宣誓自己享受城市公共空间的权利。“一次一桶，即便在有限的时间里。”
One Bucket at a Time was inspired by this hijacking of public (parking) space and uses common painter’s buckets as the building blocks 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, and can be rolled, pulled together or up to a point or along a line taking on different forms. People can sit, run, play, stand, lounge, and participate in the act of taking over the public realm. In situ for a three-day period, the installation will come down gradually, released from the ropes and absorbed by the city. By using buckets—a symbol of holding the public space hostage—we are highlighting and questioning this pervasive condition, and also empowering people of Mexico City to reclaim ownership of their public space, one bucket at a time, even if only for a few days.
▼人与装置的互动，interactions of people and the installation
Architects: 5468796 Architecture + Factor Eficiencia
Fork’s Esplanade Riel Landing for the Winnipeg Design Festival
Fermin Espinosa, Gerardo Salinas, Pablo Batista, Sasa Radulovic y Johanna Hurme
5468796 Architectura team: Pablo Batista, Sasa Radulovic and Johanna Hurme
Factor Eficiencia team: Gerardo Salinas, Fermín Epinosa, Jaime Sol and Alberto Salvador
Studio NYL team: Julian Lineham, Chris O’Hare, Jeremy Lynn and Travis McLain
Structure: Studio NYL Structural Engineers
Constructor: Factor Eficiencia
Photography: Jaime Navarro