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In New York City, A Beautiful Floating Dome Made Of Discarded Umbrellas

There is a stunning metallic dome floating on the Bronx River in New York City right now—this fragile-looking structure is made of discarded umbrellas salvaged from the city’s streets and recycled plastic bottles.

Created by husband-and-wife design team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, the Harvest Dome 2.0 had a predecessor that was accidentally destroyed while being installed—this newer and better version has been made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Already stunning to behold in the day, the dome—made of the criss-crossing skeletons of 450 abandoned umbrellas—gives off an ethereal glow at night with the help of light-up diodes that have been placed in each of the 128 plastic bottles.

Labeling it a piece of “performance architecture”, the creators of this beautiful installation advise that the best way to view it will be on a kayak on the river, two or three feet away.

The 24 x 18-foot floating dome will be on display as a public art installation throughout August 2013—find it at the inlet of Inwood Hill Park.

[via Fast Co. Design]
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