James Paulius has created an interactive installation called Sky Villages at SPARK Brooklyn Children’s Museum. This project aims to invite children to build clusters of airborne villages on wall, encouraging their creativity skills and imaginative play. These villages are made of tessellating units, they are interlocking within each other in countless ways to create cool, unique structures. By playing Sky Villages, children are engaging with their problem solving skill, creativity, and 3 dimensional thinking.
The background story of this interactive play is that when Earth’s population increases, there’s a high possibility that we look into the atmosphere as inhabitable space. Sky Villages offers the possibility to live in the sky, in modular architecture that can be added and removed as population increases/decreases. Each unit is prefabricated with the intent of reuse rather than discardment. When a structure or building is no longer fit in the particular needs of its location, it can be removed elsewhere for a new family. These unique structures are constantly evolving. Each toy block is fabricated from Douglas-fir wood reclaimed from water towers in Manhattan, NY.