Harvest Dome is a floating installation for Inwood Hill Park Inlet that calls attention to New York City’s waterways and watersheds.
Harvest Dome 2011 was built with a 2011 MCAF grant of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, at a space shared by a boat-building program and community arts group in Hunts Point along the Bronx River. With local Inwood and Bronx teens, we gathered discarded storm-snapped umbrellas, and assembled them into a giant dome as a revelation of the city’s accumulated waterborne debris.
Harvest Dome was to reveal and transfigure the workings of the ecosystem at Manhattan’s northern tip, the site of the island’s last remaining Saltmarsh. The inlet at Inwood Hill Park, a remnant of Spuyten Duyvil Creek’s marshland, reconfigured and dredged in 1895 to create the Harlem River Ship Canal, is home to saltwater cordgrass, a species particularly adept at trapping and converting flotsam into the nutrient-rich mud called detritus, which supports abundant life on the marsh. During the course of a month, the buoyant sphere was to rise and fall with the tide-- alternating between floating and sitting on the mud-flat which is uncovered twice daily. The Dome will engage the circadian action of the water and emerge from the mud-flat as a curiously out-scaled harvesting of urban flotsam.
On October 19, 2011, we transported the dome on water from Hunts Point to Inwood with the help of the Bronx River Alliance, but inclement weather caused the Dome to be marooned against Rikers Island. It was then requisitioned and destroyed by the NYC Department of Correction. In 2013, we rebuilt the dome, called Harvest Dome 2.0, and brought it successfully to Inwood. (See Harvest Dome 2.0.)
Special Thanks: Angelo Ortiz - Inwood Community Services; Jonathan Locke - Timehri Workshops; Adam Green - Rocking the Boat; Kellie Terry Sepulveda - The Point;
NYC Department of Parks; Indian Road Cafe; City of New York