Life Raft for the Environmental Apocalypse

06/13/2009 11:20 AM |

a0cb/1244842974-06_12_mattingly2.jpgSure, the Venice biennial has Swoon’s ramshackle life rafts (that are also a Noah’s Ark type of monument to the cult of objects), but as of today New York has something similar yet even better. Mary Mattingly — a New York-based artist who specializes in conceptual art, performances and photography that stage some future vision of a world where humans live in greater harmony with the environment — begins a journey she and a group of artists and collaborators have been developing for months called the Waterpod Project.

The idea behind the project (seen in a prototype rendering at right) was to create a mobile, floating community that could sustain itself with farming and fishing, and subsist as a zero-waste entity all the while traveling and fostering a unique sense of creative camaraderie and collaboration. The resulting barge-mounted living space begins a summer-long tour of New York today at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 (Fulton St at South St). The Waterpod will be docked there for two weeks, before mooring at other spots throughout the five boroughs for the rest of the summer. Click here for a full schedule of events and more details about the Waterpod Project.