Mary Mattingly

Drawing Workshop with Kim Darling

Join artist Kim Darling for a one-of-a-kind drawing workshop aboard Swale at Pier 6.

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Botany, meet artistry. In this unique workshop, artist Kim Darling leads drawing exercises in which participants use plant-based inks derived from the plants on Swale. Create beautiful drawings of the greenery using the foliage itself!

Tickets for this event are available for a $10 suggested donation. You can reserve tickets here.

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More about Drawing Workshop with Kim Darling

Swale is a collaborative floating food forest where people may visit, partake in the caretaking process and learn about food sustainability. Created by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale functions as both an evolving sculpture and a tool by producing healthy food at the intersection of public art and utility.

Built from recycled materials atop a 130x40 foot barge, Swale was created to prove that food can function as a public resource in cities and to show that recycled materials can be made into functional and aesthetically pleasing structures. Visitors to Swale will see persimmon, bok choy, yucca, onion, tomatillos, herbs and other perennial fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. Water to nourish the plants is taken directly from the East River and filtered through slow sand and activated carbon filters. Rainwater is collected from the rooftop of the Biome Arts Greenhouse Theater, a pavilion that serves as a performance space, activist meeting hall, and artist gallery aboard Swale.

Learn more about Swale on our Public Art page and see other Swale-based events here.