Moveable artist colony brings its work- in-progress to a park-in-progress
Brooklyn Bridge Park announced the arrival of the Waterpod at Pier 5 (Furman and Joralemon Streets) Thursday afternoon, one of several stopovers on its journey through the waterways surrounding the five boroughs of New York City. Sponsored by the Action Arts League and supported by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy among others, the Waterpod is a sustainable sculptural art and technology habitat where four artists will live, work, and hold events to further the artistic, ecological, scientific, and cultural richness of New York through October 2009. The Waterpod will open to the public at this location for two weekends, starting on Friday, August 7th at 3pm, and be open on Fridays from 3pm to 7pm and 11am to 7pm Saturdays and Sundays at Pier 5 until Sunday August 16th.
“We are pleased to welcome the Waterpod to Brooklyn Bridge Park,” said Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation President Regina Myer. “BBPDC is committed to incorporating green building practices throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park, and supporting ecologically conscious initiatives within the park and throughout the City. We are thrilled to be utilizing the park for public use prior to the official opening at the end of this year, and consider today’s announcement an exciting step toward the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park as an environmental and educational destination for all New Yorkers.” Built from recycled materials and eco-friendly products, Waterpod is a floating sculptural living space designed as a new eco-residence for community and artist activity, including eco-initiatives such as increasing public awareness of water and fresh water consumption.
“We’re excited the Waterpod has docked at Pier 5 as part of its tour of the city,” said Nancy Webster, acting executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy “This is a great opportunity for the Brooklyn community to experience hands-on the Waterpod’s innovative combination of green art and technology.”
Upcoming events on the Waterpod at Brooklyn Bridge Park include an exhibition of artwork by ecological artist Jackie Brookner opening at 1pm on August 8th, followed by a presentation from Green Maps NYC at 3pm. On August 9th, representatives from Morningside Park Farmer’s Market will discuss local food from 12 to 1pm. The Waterpod will also host “Waterways,” a collaborative research project that will culminate in public actions surrounding the theme of water in Brooklyn.
“We’re delighted to bring the Waterpod to Pier 5,” said Founder and Artistic Director Mary Mattingly. “Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation’s commitment to environmentally friendly initiatives has been clear to us in their initial support of the Waterpod, and will continue to manifest itself as the park is built. We are proud to align ourselves with BBPDC and their ecological undertaking to bring true green space to the Brooklyn waterfront.”
The first phase of park construction at Pier 1 is underway and includes over 1300 feet of promenade along the East River, and 2.5 acres of lawn with breathtaking views of the New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. Once completed, Pier 1 will add 9.5 new acres of park to the already existing Empire Fulton Ferry State Park and the Main Street City Park. Construction of Pier 6 will add about 7 acres of new park, including a 1.6 acre destination playground with water play areas and innovative play equipment built into the park landscape. A promenade will lead to incredible views of lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. Three sand volley ball courts, a concession and dog run will also be constructed at Pier 6. By the end of 2009 Pier 1 and portions of Pier 6 are expected to be open to the public making the long awaited dream of Brooklyn Bridge Park a reality.