Bucket Installation Makes Waves into Canada


One Bucket at a Time, the flexible, temporary pavilion that drew attention at Mexico’s architecture event Mextropoli 2017, has since moved to Canada, where the design team breathed some new life into the project for a design festival in Winnipeg.

The two waves of buckets were created with dozens of regular painter’s buckets connected with a grid of rope, set in a triangular shape, which lets them act something like a carpet—able to be folded in a number of different shapes and directions. The installation was designed by 5468796 Architecture, Factor Eficiencia and NYL Structural Engineers, and was open to the public Sept. 11-30 for the Winnipeg Design Festival and Nuit Blanche/Culture Days.

Bucket Background

In the streets of Mexico City, these kinds of buckets are used by local "viene viene entrepreneurs" to illegally claim sections of street parking, along with public parking lots. For those desperate to find parking on main thoroughfares running through Mexico City, which has become increasingly overcrowded, the business owners charge drivers an extra fee to park in those spaces.

Since these endeavors operate beyond the oversight of the government—the viene viene are known to bribe police—those who do not pay to park in these public spaces are often threatened by the paint bucket placers.

The installation was created in response to the takeover of public space, and encouraged interaction from people of all ages with its flexible functionality. With the viene viene controlling up to several blocks per business with buckets, the pavilion stood as a unique space that existed beyond those illegally enforced boundaries.

Wave of Charity

In Canada, the design team invited visitors to the Winnipeg festival to “fill the wave” of buckets through individual donations of $20.

When the buckets depart once against for Mexico, all the proceeds will be donated to Ayuda y Solidaridad con las Niñas de la Calle, an orphanage in Mexico City for at-risk young women and girls.


Tagged categories: Color + Design; Color + Design; Design build; North America; Public spaces

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