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NYC's only waterproof art gallery.
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Fastnet Lighthouse, West Cork, Ireland. c. 1900
Fastnet Lighthouse, West Cork, Ireland. c. 1900

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.

700 Columbia Street, Facing North, September 18th, 2015
700 Columbia Street, Facing North, September 18th, 2015
The Fastnet arrives October 8th, 2015
The Fastnet arrives October 8th, 2015
                                            

1. Initial ideas and sketches

Sketch 1
Sketch 1
Sketch 2
Sketch 2
Sketch 3
Sketch 3

2. Roof Fabrication Plan. After discussions with engineer and architect I decided to install chimney flashing and skylight in one 2' X 8' section:

Computer mock-up
Computer mock-up

3.  Stove

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 (!).


4. Inner Window and Lightweight Door

Splash proof window (8' X 6') and door (8' X 2') allows heat to be retained while steel doors are open.

Computer rendering
Computer rendering

5.  Budget

Metalwork

Cutting and welding: $500

Materials: $1,500

Stove Installation

Stove: $1,550

Chimney parts and accessories: $700

Inner window and door

Polycarbonate: $700

Wood: $50

Total: $5,000

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.

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