Once Upon a Time there was a Cavern:
Styrofoam—harder than it looks to carve, and more sensuous than you’d think to stroke and snuggle up against. True, Daniel Arsham had more intellectual concerns when he ordered up a giant, solid volume of EPS architectural foam, as it’s known in the trade, and had it plunked in the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Then he began Dig, a performative sculptural installation he staged in collaboration with the delightfully named Snarkitecture. Using hammers, picks, and chisels, Arsham excavated an eerie habitat, complete with places to perch and nooks for illumination, a kind of postindustrial igloo with a seductive, yielding surface that makes you want to rub and rub until little Styrofoam balls come off in your fingers. The piece is open for gatherings and performance at selected times, so if you feel the urge for for some urban spelunking, check the schedule (and your socks, since shoes aren’t allowed). Meanwhile, you can track its progress online. Can you dig it?