That’s right people; Harvest Dome 2.0 will now become a reality. This morning this wonderful and thought-provoking project reached it’s Kickstarter Goal of $7,500.
What is Harvest Dome 2.0?
Harvest Dome 2.0 will be a floating installation for the Inwood Hill Park Inlet that calls attention to New York City’s waterways and watersheds. Working with Inwood teens and architecture interns from around the city, we are gathering seasonally discarded storm-snapped umbrellas, and assembling them into a giant twenty-four-foot diameter, light-gauge spherical dome as a physical revelation of the city’s accumulated waterborne debris.
Why Inwood Hill Park?
The Inlet, Manhattan Island’s last remaining Saltmarsh, is a remnant of Spuyten Duyvil Creek’s marshland, reconfigured and dredged in 1895 to create the Harlem River Shipping Canal. It is home to saltwater cordgrass, a species particularly adept at trapping and converting flotsam into the nutrient-rich mud called detritus, which supports abundant life on the marsh. Twice during the course of each day, the buoyant sphere will rise and fall with the tide— alternating between floating on the dark water and sitting on the uncovered mud-flat. The Dome engages circadian rhythms of the water and emerges from the mud-flat as a curiously out-scaled harvesting of human-generated urban flotsam.
What was the first Harvest Dome?
We built the first Harvest Dome during the summer of 2011 with a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, at the outdoor patio of Rocking the Boat and The Point, a space shared by a boat-building program and community arts group in Hunts Point along the Bronx River. On October 19, 2011, we transported the dome on water from Hunts Point to the Inwood Hill Park Inlet with the help of Rocking the Boat and the Bronx River Alliance, but inclement weather caused the Dome to be marooned against Rikers Island. The dome was then requisitioned and destroyed by the New York City Department of Correction.
Click here for their Kickstarter page.