El Churro Fantastico is a sculptural building set that can substitute the existing pollers in guarding off cars. The solution for what to do with a less aesthetically pleasing poller is putting a nice one, but maybe it can even have an extra value?
The Hague is full of Sculptures in public space. It is clear that they could also do the additional job of the shielding of vehicles. Furthermore, public art is often vandalized and in the worse cases, if made of expensive metal, even stolen to be melted down and sold for the material value. An embassy could become godfather to a sculpture that in return protects it. A vehicle driving against it would become an act of art or art critique.
Thinking as a designer I tried to come up with a modular solution that could be adapted to any place. The extra value is a poetry about space. Furthermore the set could serve as street lighting, add a play of water and take in extra technical devices like CCTV cameras and sensors.
The segments EL Churro Fantastico would be made out of “Quantz”, a super strong high tech concrete that would hardly be effected by heat, mechanical impact and vandalism. The pieces would be glued together by a hose pulled through all of them and inflated before hardening out.
El Churro has rips that remind of cooling rips, but also give the pipe more structure and resemblance with classical columns. The system can adapt between rigid shapes and flowing ones like tooth paste.
Printing a model in 1:75 I discovered that the pieces in that size actually make a terrific toy.
As an example I formed some words with it, but it is an open system that can branch off and go in all kinds of directions...
you can see it here:
El Churro TOY