SATURDAY’S DOWNPOUR and tornado warnings delayed the model boat launching until today, September 9, 2012, 1-4 pm, at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk in Greenpoint. The public art project will also be afloat and viewable September 15, 22, 29 and 30 at the same time and place.
One of the creators, artist Sarah Nelson Wright, had caught our attention with an earlier public art project, “Brooklyn Makes.” (Brooklyn manufacturing is part of Brooklyn Artisan’s beat.) You may have been one of the lucky 200 people to see it in October, 2009, or even one of the very avant 26 folks who backed it through kickstarter.com. Or you may–as we did–catch up with it via the video documentation on sarahnelsonwright.com, where Wright gives the backstory. “As manufacturing and fabrication have moved farther and farther from most people’s daily lives in America, we get more and more alienated from the stuff around us.” Where does it come from? Who makes it, and how do they? She would muse on such existential questions while walking around her neighborhood.
Since her creative turf is Greenpoint, the artist set out to show the answers. “I created videos of manufacturers in my neighborhood, with the intent to provide a window into the hidden world of urban manufacturing in Brooklyn today… to bring what happens inside industrial buildings out into the public view.” Dark buildings were brought to life with Wright’s “large, colorful video projections showing the vibrant and creative labor that takes place inside during the day.”