The Fastnet Project is:
- an architectural structure that is a hermetic space – a moveable outpost;
- a site that is insulated from the toxic NYC real estate market;
- a studio and exhibition space built in a used shipping container;
- a container with enhanced natural light and heating system.
The space will be named after the Fastnet, a remote lighthouse off West Cork, Ireland. Since 1854, the lighthouse has been an essential beacon and eye upon the fierce North Atlantic Ocean. In 1985, the lighthouse was struck by a rogue wave measuring 157ft (48m) in height.
The Fastnet Project in Red Hook straddles various environmental and global capitalist conundrums that inhabit my artwork. Currently it is situated in the flood zone of the next hurricane (although I can move it on short notice!). I purchased the container during the off-hire process when the container suddenly transitioned from a spreadsheet box to a physical object that couldn't be filled – taking up time, space and money at the Port of New Jersey.
If everything goes according to plan, I will create an instruction booklet. This project will be a paradigm amenable to recent college and graduate students, or even anyone who wants an alternative bare-bones workshop.
1. Initial ideas and sketches
2. Roof Fabrication Plan. After discussions with engineer and architect I decided to install chimney flashing and skylight in one 2' X 8' section:
The Sardine stove made by Navigator is designed for tiny homes, cabins and boats. It is small and efficient with a hot plate to make tea and coffee (!).
Cutting and welding: $500
Chimney parts and accessories: $700
Inner window and door
Risks and challenges
Bad weather & bad paper.
In part this project addresses the tumultuous New York real estate environment.
The challenge is keeping within the budgetary limits and developing a pragmatic infrastructure that others can replicate for a creative work or exhibition environment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)