Floating Art Orb Heads to Gowanus Canal

11.04.13 Andy Cush

The last time we checked in on the Harvest Dome, the upcycled art orb made of old umbrellas and soda bottles was washed up on Riker’s Island, its journey around NYC’s rivers sidelined by the marooning. Now, hopefully with the help of a $5,000 Kickstarter Campaign, the dome is making its way to the notoriously polluted Gowanus Canal.

Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, creators of the 24-foot-wide art orb, hope its presence will give some liveliness to the stagnant-seeming Gowanus. “Sometimes the water feels very still and like it’s not moving,” said Schachter. “When you see this dome, it will bring the Gowanus alive — you’ll know that something is happening. It [will] make the place vibrate.”

It’ll also serve as a reminder to shoppers at the soon-to-open Whole Foods nearby that recycling their bottles is important. “On opening day at Whole Foods, there will be a dome made of bottles there to remind everyone to recycle the bottles they’re purchasing at the new retail store on our waterway, because if they don’t, they’ll end up in New York Harbor,” said Owen Foote of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, which will help set up the piece.