Nike Air Vault | An Inside Look

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Nike set up a city within a city during the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, erecting the "City of Zoom" to highlight New York's standing as the greatest basketball city on earth. Similarly, the Swoosh set up the Nike Air Vault within the confines of the Nike Zoom City Bank, an interactive experience in Brooklyn catering to both roundball and sneaker devotees. The Vault was something of a physical timeline, chronicling "an untold story of Air" that began with the launch of the iconic Air Force 1. For retro fanatics, the installation was nothing short of a living archive, chronicling a pantheon of Nike basketball shoes spanning 1982 to 2015. The requisite signature models were accounted for -- including the Air Penny 1, Air CB4 and Air Pippen 1 -- as well as rare specimens like 1990's Air Pressure, complete with the bulky carrying case and manual pump. As with all great historical exhibitions, the priceless artifacts contained within told a compelling story that practically demands revisiting.

Photography by: Dan Hwang

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