If you were an out-of-towner and just walking by the Canal on Saturday at around 4:00pm, you might of thought there was some type of religious ceremony going on for a God named Gowanus at the 2nd Street dock; but you’d have been mistaken. First there is no deity named Gowanus (that we know of) and second it was actually an event presented by Gowanus Studio Space called Gowanus Shrines. Artist Anne Percoco developed a concept to create art shrines to be placed around various waterways. She began this ongoing series by placing shrines near industrial sized storm drains in New Jersey. Anne Percoco builds these shrines with the help of other creative artist not only for the sake of art, but as a way to bring awareness to a particular industrialized waterway. Ann Percoco calls the shrines…
a focal point in the landscape meant to draw you in… to give [the location] attention and give an excuse for people to visit. “
The hope is that by setting up art along waterways, like the Canal, people will keep visiting the place like it is an actual religious type shrine. Ann Percoco and her team use both the natural and manmade materials to show a juxtaposition between the waterway and the industrial elements in the area.
For the Canal some shrines were made from sticks, plastic cups, ribbon and even found objects like this UHaul blanket…
They even created a floating shrine made out of an old boat.
Here’s the actual launch of the boat…
You can find these wonderful shrines around the Gowanus Canal from now till the end of the Summer.
This event has been apart of the Seaworthy series by EFA Project Space, Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space.
Check more from artist Anne Percoco on her site: www.AnnePercoco.com
Great work done by the other artist that participated in the creations of the shrines.
Bonus Your Face Off
Get ready to set sail on an epic boat ride to talk with Journalist Eduardo Porter about Mexican Culture in New York City and throughout the United States. A Pre-Hispanic Mexican Barge called a Trajinera, build by artist Natalia Porter, will launch as a literal platform for the discussion on August 6th at Valentino Pier, which is by the Free IKEA water Taxi landing. Check studio space for more details here.