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Special PVC used to create an “Air Bubble” performance space

December 29th, 2014 / By: / What's New?

A crew of four can inflate the Air Bubble in three hours and deflate it in two, making it a practical and movable public space for concerts, theater and events for up to 140 people. Photos: Guillaume Prié.
A crew of four can inflate the Air Bubble in three hours and deflate it in two, making it a practical and movable public space for concerts, theater and events for up to 140 people. Photos: Guillaume Prié.

The Collectif de la Meute (Collective of the Pack), Douarnenez, France, is an affinity group enthusiastic about creating art—theater, visual arts, digital productions, circus acts, architecture and urban planning—in public spaces. The transitory nature of modern life inspired “the Pack” to create a movable public space: the Air Bubble, “a temporary, nomadic and living shelter, a vanishing place,” according to Jérémie Moquard, one of the Pack’s three founding members. To design the Air Bubble, the Pack enlisted Raumlaborberlin, Berlin, Germany, designers and architects producing public space projects of “small scale … deeply rooted in the local condition.”

The Air Bubble was developed in Douarnenez; construction consisted of three major parts: a revamped truck to move the bubble from place to place, the bubble itself, and the base material. The Pack and Raumlaborberlin chose reinforced fireproof PVC fabric for the bubble, a semi-transparent material manufactured by Sinthylene, Pont de Vaux, France. The material had to stretch, be light enough to inflate, meet local fire safety conditions, and remain supple over time. Sixty-three volunteers and collective members used glue and waterproof wire to shape an estimated 7,500 square feet of fabric into the bubble shape. A fireproof PVC canvas served as the floor. It took 13 weeks to ready and inflate the Air Bubble for public use.

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