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HELP BRING HARVEST DOME 2.0 TO THE GOWANUS CANAL
We are partnering with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club to navigate Harvest Dome 2.0 into the 4th Street Turning Basin of the Gowanus Canal, and we need your help now!
The Harvest Dome is currently on land under shade of trees along Colonels Row at Governors Island, where it was on exhibit during the 4Heads 6th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, and now needs to be transported by ML-700 barge to make the trip to the Gowanus Canal. We need your help to fund the larger barge required by the Trust for Governors Island to fit the slip at Soissons Landing. We have until November 18th at midnight (as Sunday turns to Monday) to raise the funds, to make the voyage and outdoor floating exhibition on the Gowanus Canal a reality.
ABOUT HARVEST DOME
The Harvest Dome is a giant floating diaphanous orb built for the New York City waterways. A 24ft-diameter cupola made from over 450 reclaimed umbrellas floating atop 128 empty two-liter soda bottles, Harvest Dome transforms the eight-pointed steel umbrella frame, a quintessential piece of urban detritus, into the transcendent form of an architectural dome for the water, to float alongside and bring attention to one of the last remaining detritus-rich tidal saltmarshes of Manhattan, Spuyten Duyvil Creek at the Inwood Hill Park Inlet. 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.
Harvest Dome 2.0 was constructed at the Brooklyn Navy Yards this summer and navigated upriver for installation on the Spuyten Duyvil Creek at Inwood Hill Park Inlet at at the northern tip of Manhattan Island, where it remained, rising and falling on the tidal mudflat, from July 31 to Sept 4, 2013.
When the mudflat was exposed at low tide each day, dozens of egrets, ducks, geese and other sea, river, and forest birds would come to walk along the sand and feast on the natural detritus around the Dome, which itself is an amalgam of human-produced detritus. At high tide, the Dome would float placidly on the brackish inlet, the water reflecting the Orb and Ring on its surface; at dusk and nightfall, the Dome would catch and reflect available light with a glow suggesting light from within and seeming weightlessness.
Inwood residents and visitors keep coming to us to say how they've rediscovered the Inlet they thought they already knew.
After five weeks floating in the Inwood Hill Park inlet, the Dome traveled to Governors Island on September 4th, where it has been showing on land at the 4Heads 6th Annual Governors Island Art Fair under shade of trees along Colonels Row.
HARVEST DOME ON THE GOWANUS
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.
The Gowanus Canal Conservancy hopes that the voyage and long-floating sojourn of Harvest Dome 2.0 along the Canal will bring attention to Gowanus Canal revitalization. The Conservancy views this work of Performance Architecture as an excellent example of integrating reuse-material in Public Art, while also tying together the neglected waterways of New York City in its itinerant travels.
Here are some links to ongoing coverage of Harvest Dome 2.0
Risks and challenges
Harvest Dome 2.0 is already complete, and floated serenely on Spuyten Duyvil Creek in the Inwood Hill Park Inlet this summer. Our biggest challenge now is to be able to raise funds in time for the large barge and tug required to bring the Dome from Governors Island to the Gowanus Canal. The Trust for Governors Island requires that the Dome be removed this November.
We also need to bring Harvest Dome to the Gowanus Canal before winter arrives!
We are counting on your support to make an early pledge so we can schedule the barge for mid-November and make the voyage, performance, and outdoor sojourn of Harvest Dome a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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