Thursday, September 6, 2012

An Armada, Soon to Set Sail on Newtown Creek

Photo: Newtown Creek Armada
The Newtown Creek Armada will be floating a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along Newtown Creek’s pungent surface starting this Saturday, September 8, at 1 p.m.

Visitors are invited to pilot the boats -- which are equipped with underwater video cameras -- across one of America's most polluted waterways.

Description: "Video portholes at the project site give visitors a chance to virtually immerse themselves in the toxic waters of this Superfund site, with video pieces traveling past its oil slicks, sewage overflows, and returning nature."

The Armada is a collaboration between three Brooklyn artists – Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, and Sarah Nelson Wright – who do art about industry, ecology, and change in urban spaces. They put this art installation together in partnership with the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) with support from the North Brooklyn Boat Club.

Artist George Trakas and Newtown Creek Alliance's Katie Zidar will be the first pilots.

The Armada is free and open to the public from 1-4 p.m. at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk at Paidge Avenue in Greenpoint on the following dates:
Saturday, Sept. 8 [opening ceremony]
Sunday, Sept. 9
Saturday, Sept. 15
Saturday, Sept. 22
Saturday, Sept. 29
Sunday, Sept. 30


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