Thanks to everyone who helped make this incredible and successful exhibition of new and experimental art on Governors Island during the summer of 2008!
Urban Homesteading Project (UHP)
Photo image: EMERGENCE
Urban Homesteading Project (Francisca Caporali, Laura Grace Chipley, Pilar Ortiz)
"Summer Homestead", 2008 Performance
Wooden frame of plants in recycled plastic bottles
Duration varies (Sunday 6/22 & 6/29, Saturday 7/26 at 4:00 PM all days)
Concept: Over nine weeks, the structure will be gradually insulated with salvaged plastic bottles, re-purposed as receptacles for organic life. Within each bottle, living plants are cultivated in either soil or water.The dialogue and interaction initiated through the construction of the homestead in tandem with planting, cultivating, and harvesting is integral to sustainability. The collaboration between artists and audience patterns a simple model of a community.
Participate: Viewers are invited to donate plastic bottles and participate in the planting process. At the end of the summer, the wood skeleton will be recycled and the plants will be given away; transplanted to a new place in which to grow roots and emerge.