Using and recycling can come in many forms, and we LOVE these!
We have just read on Daily Good about 2 film makers who are building a boat to take down the Hudson (33rd most polluted river in the US), and make a film about it.
Filming will begin on Sept 2012. One of the participants, Bowthorpe, will have a week to collect materials and a week to build the 10-foot boat before towing it behind his bicycle 400 miles to Lake Tear of the Clouds. The team is also working with the Hudson River Foundation to meet the people along the river who act as its guardians. “In each community there’s people that look after their locality, and it’s important for us to be connected to them right from the start,” Bowthorpe says.
And this great adventure reminds us of our favourite Artists: Swoon. She is an established street artist, with beautiful paste up’s being her main medium.
However she has also taken to sea.
Miss Rockaway Armada, 2006
Swoon is a founding member of the art collective the Miss Rockaway Armada. A group of about 30 artists, performers and musicians who traveled down the Mississippi River the summers of 2006 and 2007 on rafts made from scavenged and recycled materials found in New York City. Starting in Minneapolis, the rafts journeyed to St. Louis, making stops along the way to stage performances.
Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, 2008
In the summer of 2008 she presented a two-part exhibition with Deitch Projects called Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea. It was a large installation inside the Deitch Studios space as well as a journey of seven handmade sculptural wooden rafts from Troy, NY down the Hudson River and up the East River in New York City, ending at the Deitch Studios gallery. Every night the crew would stage a performance on the banks of the river, with musical accompaniment from the band Dark Dark Dark.
Swimming Cities of Serenissima, 2009
Swoon and a crew of 30 crashed the 2009 Venice Biennale with “the Swimming Cities of Serenissima,” a performance project similar to the Miss Rockaway Armada and the Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea. The crew sailed from Slovenia in rafts made of New York City garbage, as well as one raft made from material scrapped along the coast of Slovenia. The project stopped at various points on the way to meet the locals, collect artifacts for their on-board “cabinet of curiosities” and to prepare for the culminating performance entitled, “The Clutchess of Cuckoo.” Once in the Venice Lagoon, the rafts and their company performed throughout Venice nightly and docked at Certosa Island. They “barnstormed” the Grand Canal at 3:00 a.m.
Inspiring or what?…