Cj Hendry installs white bouncy house modelled on psychiatric ward for Brooklyn exhibit - architecture and design

Cj Hendry installs white bouncy house modelled on psychiatric ward for Brooklyn exhibit



New York City artist Cj Hendry has designed "a psych ward mimicked as a children's wonderland" for an art exhibit in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighbourhood.
Called Rorschach, Hendry's project occupies a 3000-square-foot (279-square-metre) warehouse in the New York City borough. The showcase presents artworks she developed in reference to the Rorschach psychological test, which records and analyses a person's perception of inkblots.

Drawing on this, Hendry designed the stark white space to evoke the aesthetic of insane asylums, with a playful touch. While the large inflatable looks like a children's bouncy castle, its padded white walls and floors also take cues from those found in psychiatric institutes.
"It's actually far more psychological and sinister, and its showcased in a naive way but far more sinister in concept," Hendry told Dezeen at the Rorschach opening on 8 April 2019.
The inflatable is accompanied by colourful, hyper-real pencil drawings developed to also resemble squish art. Popular with children, squish painting involves placing wet paint on one half of a piece of paper, folding it to cover it, and then unfolding it to reveal a symmetrical work of art.
"It's a psych ward mimicked as a children's wonderland with squish paintings and bouncing castles," Hendry said. "I kind of mushed kid squish painting with Rorschach tests."

In order to see the powerful visuals, one must first bounce the way there through the temporary inflat...
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