Chanel Handbag Art Exhibit in New York's Central Park
The transient Chanel Mobile Art pavilion, designed by Zaha Hadid, has landed in New York's Central Park at Rumsey Playfield to showcase the work of 15 artists and pieces they've created that were inspired by the classic '55 Chanel handbag.
The pavilion, which disassembles into 700 pieces, is in itself an homage to a portable tote:
Chanel hired renowned London architect Zaha Hadid to design the 7,500-square-foot (697-square meter) structure, which is pieced together out of gleaming white plastic panels. The pavilion itself is like a handbag — "a completely portable and functional container," Chanel said Thursday.
Karl Lagerfeld was the driving force behind the Mobile Art exhibition, which will remain open to the public at Rumsey Playfield until November 9, free of charge. It has already visited Hong Kong and Tokyo, and will travel off to London, Moscow and Paris.