By and  on October 16, 2008

Chanel’s Mobile Art mother ship has landed in Central Park. The futuristic, Zaha Hadid-designed pavilion, which houses 18 modern artists’ odes to the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag, will open to the public on Monday.

There’s prefab, and then there’s prefab according to Karl Lagerfeld and Zaha Hadid. Their Space-Agey designer spin on portable structures, known as Chanel’s Mobile Art pavilion, has touched down in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. For the past three weeks, a construction crew has been busily assembling the pavilion’s 700-odd parts for Monday’s opening. They’re familiar with the process; this marks the third time the team has put together and taken apart the gleaming white fiberglass torus, now halfway through its journey round the world, which began in March in Hong Kong, followed by Tokyo, and will continue on to London, Moscow and finally Paris, in 2010.

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