Remember Harvest Dome 2.0, the giant
duck magnet floating sphere made from hundreds of umbrella carcasses and spent 2-liter soda bottles that could be found bobbing merrily along the Harlem River at Inwood Hill Park this past summer?
While the attention-grabbing upcycled art installation — or, rather, a “work of performance architecture” meant to “call attention to New York City’s waterways and watersheds” — has been since relocated and is currently resting on dry land near the entrance to the new Governors Island Park, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture need your help transporting the 24-by-18-foot geodesic orb once again as it will be getting the boot from its temporary home on Governors Island on November 18.
This time around, Schachter and Levi have selected the odiferous Petri dish otherwise known as the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn as the latest NYC waterway to host Harvest Dome. Because really, if you're going to settle on a NYC waterway that's in need of a little TLC, you might as well go all out.
Deploying stormsnapped and reject umbrellas to form a giant diaphanous Dome also evokes the massive plumes of combined sewer overflow plaguing the Gowanus after every storm. It is estimated that in an average year, the Gowanus Canal receives more than 370 million gallons of mixed sewage and stormwater runoff from our overburdened sewer system.
Delightful. Here’s hoping that the Harvest Dome doesn’t burst into flames — or more realistically, corrode —once it touches the Superfund-ed waters of the Gowanus.
In the same fashion that it arrived at Inwill Hill Park and then to Governors Island (second time's a charm as the original Harvest Dome crashed onto Rikers Island and was destroyed), Harvest Dome 2.0 will be transported via ML-700 barge to its new home on the Gowanus at the Fourth Street Turning Basin, not too far from the site of Brooklyn’s first and soon-to-open Whole Foods (or from the spot where an ill-fated dolphin passed away or where a developer wants to plop down a massive residential complex).
A bit more on the logistics via the Bring Harvet Dome to Gowanus Kickstarter campaign page:
The Harvest Dome will travel to the 4th Street Turning Basin of the Gowanus Canal, once the site of a Tidal Saltmarsh and now a polluted Superfund site seeking to recover its original ecology. The Dome will remain floating out on the Canal at the turning basin for six months, organized in close cooperation with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, and Proteus Gowanus Museum. We will launch the Dome at Soissons Landing on Governors Island, and then navigate the Dome atop the ML-700 Barge in New York Harbor across the Buttermilk Channel, around Red Hook, and then into the mouth of the Gowanus Canal and up to the 4th Street Turning Basin. Members of the Gowanus Dredgers will help guide and anchor the installation into place.
Once moored in its new home, Schachter and Levi hope that, with the cooperation of the Gowanus Conservancy, the “voyage and long-floating sojourn of Harvest Dome 2.0 along the Canal will bring attention to Gowanus Canal revitalization.”
That being said, acquiring a tug and barge in New York City doesn’t always come cheap which is why Schacter and Levi are trying to raise $5,000 in funding that would enable them to relocate Harvest Dome to the Gowanus Canal. And as mentioned, the Harvest Dome would enjoy a six-month residency floating along the frothy/iridescent waters of "America's most extensively contaminated waterway" (the EPA's words, not mine) before it is moved once again or completely retired. And wherever the Harvest Dome does happen to go after the Gowanus if that ends up being the case, one would hope that it's treated to a thorough decontamination bath first.
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