Frieze Art Fair

  • Date: May 9 - 12, 2014
  • Venue: Randall's Island
  • Size: 100,000+

The Frieze Art Fair takes place in New York along the Hudson River and features over 200 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries. In keeping with our client’s request, Arena Americas designed and built a distinct serpentine structure overlooking the East River in order to bring together the most dynamic and forward-thinking galleries working today. Attendees can see and buy art from over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists while experiencing the fair’s critically acclaimed Projects, Talks, Sounds and Education programs and take advantage of the various dining spaces we also created.

Arena Americas presented a curved tent concept that we developed utilizing six 50m x 60m (164’ x 197’) standard clearspan structures attached by triangle-shaped wedges to create a snake-like design. The wedges were created with varying length purlins (connector pieces between trusses) from just 2.5’ at the narrow end to a standard 5m (16.5’) bay at the wide end. To give the space a unique look, we also designed and manufactured 90 fabric fingers to extend from each end of the structure. To give the galleries a light and airy feel we utilized translucent fabric to allow sunlight to penetrate the event space. Over 18,000 Bil-Jax Multi Stage flooring pieces were used to level the large structure over the sloping elevation that required us to raise portions up to six feet. The structure was staked in most places and where staking was prohibitive, each leg was weighted with over 10,000 pounds of ballast.

Arena Americas won two Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Single Unit Marquee and the Largest Temporary Stage ever installed.


“The team at Arena did an incredible job and were an absolute pleasure to work with. Their professionalism, efficiency and endless good humor was evident at all times during both the challenging year of planning and the mammoth build/breakdown period.”