One Bucket at a Time: Mextropoli 2017

One Bucket at a Time invites the public to interact with it. Image: Jaime Navarro

Part architecture, part artwork, this spectacular installation was installed in Mexico City for Mextropoli, an International Festival of Architecture and the City. Winnipeg-based firm 5468796 Architecture collaborated with Mexican builders Factor Eficiencia and Colorado-based Studio NYL Structural Engineers to create this stunning display, which was constructed in Alameda Central Park in Mexico City’s historic centre.

The installation is constructed with paint buckets. Image: Jaime Navarro

One Bucket at a Time was inspired by Mexico City’s ‘viene viene’, who stake out and reserve parking spots using painters’ buckets while operating outside the law. The structure of One Bucket at a Time consists of hundreds of these buckets tied together using a grid of ropes. By inviting the public to climb on and interact with the installation, these painters’ buckets are transformed from a symbol of exclusion into a symbol of inclusion.

The temporary installation was deconstructed after the festival. Image: Jaime Navarro