Newton Creek Armada Kickstarter Campaign
The Newtown Creek Armada is an artist-created model boat pond that will be installed on the Newtown Creek in September 2012. Located on the border between Brooklyn and Queens, the Newtown Creek is one of America’s most polluted waterways and a recently designated federal Superfund Site. Visitors to the Newtown Creek Armada will be invited to pilot a fleet of miniature, radio-controlled boats along the creek’s surface while at the same time documenting the hidden world beneath its waters.
Each boat in The Newtown Creek Armada will represent a different aspect of the creek’s unusual past, present and future, and will be equipped with a waterproof camera, allowing participants to record a unique voyage along the creek. Video from these explorations will be on view at the boat pond, giving visitors a chance to virtually immerse themselves its toxic waters, home to the largest urban oil spill in the United States.
To launch The Newtown Creek Armada, we need your help! Our growing fleet of boats will be using cutting edge technology to document the creek, including wireless streaming, remote control systems, and miniature waterproof cameras. Your support will help us obtain the technology we need to creatively engage this lost waterfront, which is still largely off limits to the public.