The theme was introduced through signage that evoked the Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs stand at Coney Island—but with a finance-focused twist.
Photo: Gustavo Campos
The centerpiece of Volatility Park was a roller coaster dubbed the “Thundervix,” which was constructed out of 3,500 coin rolls.
“The coins are actually an illusion,” explained designer David Stark. “The rolls have dowels inside of them that become the construction of the roller coaster, while just the ends of the rolls have coins in them to give the impression that they are full of change.”
Another installation, dubbed the Catalonia Can Toss, referenced the volatility that Catalonia’s push for independence from Spain might cause in the region. The piece was designed to appear frozen in time, mid-topple.
A fortune-teller machine referenced Zoltar from the movie Big, furthering the carnival-like atmosphere of the space.
The machine gave out stock-market predictions.
A “Wheel of Misfortune” referenced possible outcomes of the United States’ new tax law.
A game of “Policy Skee-Ball” referenced President Trump’s policies that affect the global markets.
One area featured a trash can full of paper “shares”—a tongue-in-cheek reference to a recent stock that had not performed well.
The financial-market nods continued to condiments and napkins, which featured clever names such as “Capital Ketchup” and “Market Mustard.”
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