David Baker Architects

Wishing Cloud


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The netting provided a perfect airy perch for watching the growing cloud of balloons shift and jostle in the wind. Image: David Baker Architects

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For PARK(ing) Day 2017, SFMOMA invited us to design a temporary installation in tandem with their PlaySFMOMA initiative.

Along with fellow design firms Box Clever, Surface Design and Envelope A+D, we were tasked with transforming the row of parking spaces at the museum’s Howard Street entrance into a place for conversation, curiosity and, of course, play.

DBA_Lab—our in-house research and experimentation studio—takes on small-scale creative projects that help us test theories of prototyping, new materials, responsive design, and improvisation. The scale, time frame, and spirit of the challenge proposed by SFMOMA was a perfect fit for DBA_Lab

Our simple scaffold and netting structure provided a suspended net to support the wisher in contemplation, and surrounding nets to catch the wishes—notes tied to buoyant balloons—and gather them together in a "wishing cloud." 

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Early brainstorm sketches. Image: David Baker Architects

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On-site we made the call to double up the netting and make a run for another pack of zip ties! Image: David Baker Architects

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The netting provided a perfect airy perch for watching the growing cloud of balloons shift and jostle in the wind. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Coincidentally, our neighbors from Surface Design complemented The Wishing Cloud well with their balloons and bubbles. Image: David Baker Architects

The innovative activation by Envelope A+D brought a pop of color and a place for public recreation. Image: David Baker Architects

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Early brainstorm sketches. Image: David Baker Architects

The Wishing Cloud logo, distributed on buttons to wishers. Image: David Baker Architects