The Founders Committee?the group responsible for shaping 25 Jobs Lane once the Parrish Art Museum moves to its new home?has been given the go ahead by Southampton Village officials to build the "new semi-permanent, open-air, tentlike pavilion" you see up top there.
Designed by Manhattan's Rockwell Group, "the structure would be a multi-functional venue that could accommodate performing arts, movie screenings and even an ice skating rink in the winter." Its three arches, wrapped in a light fabric "skin," are meant to evoke the arches of the current Parrish building, as well as those of the Southampton Cultural Center. Standing 35 feet tall and accommodating 299 seats, the "reinterpreted-gazebo-meets-bandshell" can be moved into different positions to accomodate certain types of programming or even deconstructed and stored if the town no longer sees a use for it.
The project is expected to cost anywhere from $650K to $975K (all from private donors and fundraising efforts) and be ready in time for the 2013 summer season.