Coal Comforts will be the first of its kind, a pop-up art "bakery" in which the familiar treats on offer will not be what they appear-- they'll be made of ash from burned coal.
This is about climate change. Coal power has never been "clean" and continuing to mine and burn it causes irreparable harm to frontline communities and accelerates climate change. The current administration wants to prop up this outmoded industry without regard to the known consequences. As we have seen, nostalgia is a powerful tool––it can make what is familiar seem wholesome and innocuous, as "American as apple pie." But like the sweet treats we might find in an old-fashioned bakery, a little dirty energy might look like a harmless enough indulgence, but our global consumption patterns will be our undoing. Put simply, we can't have our cake and eat it too.
I need your help to build a mobile bakery counter that I can take out onto the streets. If funded, it will make its debut appearance during the annual Gowanus Open Studios weekend. Gowanus, home of a federal Superfund site, is itself a cautionary tale about environmental degradation and about the last place you'd expect to find a pop-up bakery. But that weekend people from all over the city descend on the neighborhood to see what's happening there and visit artists' studios.
It is my goal to use the bakery as a conversation starter, and help each person I meet identify an action that they can take to help transition away from dirty energy. The bakery will be fully stocked with faux "desserts" for sale, and I'll be splitting the proceeds from sales that weekend with the Citizens' Climate Lobby.
I believe art can change people's perceptions and encourage them to think differently about the future and their role in creating it. With your help I can bring Coal Comforts into being, in Gowanus and beyond.
Risks and challenges
Making molds from real desserts is tricky but I have spent the last year improving my skills and learning from many failed attempts, so I am confident I can get the results I want. It will be a challenge to build a cart that can navigate the terrain of the neighborhood, but I will be working with an excellent local cabinetmaker to create something that can handle the uneven pavement without toppling over.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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