WhenÂ Radical Nature opened,Â some critics bemoaned the fact that the exhibition was cloistered away from both the environment it discussed, and the audience that it deserved to reach. EXYZTâ€™s wonderfulÂ Dalston Mill project was a clear answer to those critics
In New York,Â The Waterpod â€“ pictured above â€“ has been slowly circumnavigating Manhattan. Conceived by artistsÂ Mary Mattingly andÂ Mira Hunter as a literal platform for art, it brings New Yorkers to the water that surrounds their island. Like Dalston Mill it provides not only a space for performaces, artworks and discussions, but it creates a triangulation between food, community and environment. This live-aboard ark grows at least some of its own food and includes its own henhouse.
For a taste of what itâ€™s like to live and work aboard The Waterpod, tryÂ this NY Times article, which reveals that the floating pod was built from a variety of donated materials, including metal railings used in a Broadway production ofÂ Equus, and foliage print wallpaper recycled from the US soapÂ As The World Turns.
Itâ€™s currently moored at Pier 5,Â Brooklyn Bridge Park but will be moving on to Staten Island after the 17th. Have any readers visited The Waterpod? Did it work?
Photo: thanks toÂ BH301.A7
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