• No Paper Required: 3D Prinitng

    The New York Times reports on how a Brooklyn (Gowanus) based business, Markerbot, is taking printing way outside the box; And when we say ‘way outside the box’ we mean these cats are printing in three dimensional objects.

    Read it at: New York Times – 3D Plastic Art for the Masses

    Bones Your Face Off

    As a bonus here’s a video from Makerbot that we originally posted last month.

    *It should be noted that once out computer overlords take control of everything they will be able to create a plastic army with these cool machines. Thanks Markerbot!


    oh the plastic irony.


    Original post for reference: Brooklyn’s Own MakerBot – the future of kickass things
  • 3rd Phase of Washington Park / J.J. Byrne Park Press Release

    If you have been locked up inside your house and not seen the chain link fence Washington Park, formerly known as Byrne Park (which was formerly known as Washington Park), is currently under renovations. The Parks department issued the following press release on their website yesterday indicating the 3rd Phase of the renovations of the park:

    Parks Breaks Ground On Third Phase Of Renovations In Washington Park

    Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe will join Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Stephen Levin and Executive Director of the Old Stone House, Kim Maier, to break ground on the reconstruction of J.J. Byrne Playground in Washington Park. The project will maximize play while respecting and enhancing the presence of the Old Stone House, as well as meeting Parks Department sustainability objectives.

    “Colonial themes meet contemporary design at J.J. Byrne Playground,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Thanks to generous support from Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Markowitz, Council Members Lander and Levin, and Assembly Member Millman, Washington Park will soon be home to a brand new playground with a play area for kids, a separate toddler area, a spray shower, drinking fountains, swings, new fencing, and landscaping throughout the park, all of which complement the neighboring Old Stone House.”

    Funded by generous allocations from Council Members Brad Lander ($1.627 million) and Stephen Levin ($1.627 million), Borough President Marty Markowitz ($500,000) and Mayor Bloomberg ($225,000) as well as a state grant attained by Assembly Member Joan Millman ($100,000), the new playground is being redesigned and rebuilt with a colonial theme, which complements the Old Stone House that it shares the park with. The design provided separate areas for different age groups, and features a new spray shower, which suggests a mill stream, drinking fountains, swings, new fencing, and landscaping throughout the park. The playground will also be made wheelchair accessible.

    The playground is also being built to meet the Parks Department’s sustainability objectives, including the use of local materials. A replication of the retaining walls of the original Old Stone House will be constructed from large squared granite which has been quarried locally, less than 500 miles from New York City. In addition, all pavement and surfacing throughout the site will be light in color to reduce the heat gain in the playground, and all proposed materials and products have been selected to increase the site’s durability and longevity. The project was designed by Parks Landscape Architect Patricia Clark.

    In 2008, Parks cut the ribbon on the first phase of renovations in Washington Park, which included a new skate park, two new basketball courts, eight handball courts, and a new dog run. Later on, in a second phase of renovations, the park received a multipurpose synthetic turf field, and a plaza was created to open the view of the Old Stone House from 4th Avenue.

    This playground is named after James J. Byrne, whose career in service to Brooklyn began when he was appointed chief clerk of the Bureau of Public Buildings (1907-08) and later Brooklyn Commissioner of Public Works (1924-26). When Brooklyn Borough President Joseph A. Guider died in office in September 1926, Byrne was selected to complete the term. He was elected in 1929. J.J. Byrne Park was acquired by Parks in 1926 and was named for Byrne by the Board of Aldermen in 1933. The Old Stone House of Gowanus is the reconstruction of the Vechte-Cortelyou house, originally built by Claes Arents Vechte in 1699. Though the building was demolished around 1897, its foundations were rediscovered in 1930, at which time Borough President Byrne ordered its reconstruction from the original brick. It was completed in 1934 as a park office and comfort station.

    CONTACT: Vickie Karp / Meghan Lalor (212) 360-1311

    More at www.NYCParks.org

  • Seaworthy: the art, the building, and the actually sailing!

    Ever folded paper like a boat, put it in your bathtub, and watched it sink faster than updating your status with “yeah I made a boat”? Well you may never be good at origami, but you may still have a chance to create something that floats or at least learn about things that float. EFA Project Space, Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space present SeaWorthy, a series of exhibits about boats, boat art, boat stuff, and boat like things (which might be called boats). Seaworthy has got it all: an exhibit, a workshop where you can learn to build boats, and an actually voyage when you can hone your inner pirate skills. In particular we highly suggest you check out Part II of Seaworthy where, in addition to learning how to actually build a seaworthy craft, you can learn boat lettering with Laurie Churchman and Lisa Hutchinson. Also, you should work on your paper hat and your ‘RRRhh! Pirate Jokes’ (example: which train do pirates ride? the “RRRRRRhhh” train!) Check out the details below of this shiptastic presentation / viewing / workshop / event thingy:

    Part I:
    Exhibition on view at EFA Project Space:
    Exhibition Dates: June 10 – July 29, 2011

    Part II:
    Workshops at Gowanus Studio Space:
    May through August.

    Part III:
    Public Voyages brought to you by Flux
    Factory: All Summer Long.

    EFA Project Space, Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space present SeaWorthy, an exhibition and series of public screenings, performances, lectures, workshops and artist-led excursions on the water. With 72 islands and over 700 miles of coastline, New York City is a formidable archipelago. SeaWorthy will invite discussion of issues surrounding water access and use, activate the largest open space in the city, and engage with relevant themes in contemporary art practice. SeaWorthy will bring together artists from here and abroad – in consultation with boatbuilders, world-class mariners, historians, writers, activists and ecologists – to make new work about, around and on the waterways of New York City in Summer 2011.

    Seaworthy presents work by artists who employ the boat as a platform for collective action, private reflection and liberatory possibility. The sea voyage suggests both an opening and a crisis – the expanse is daunting, uncontrollable, and full of dream potential. To explore this terrain, the artists in SeaWorthy take to the high and low seas, actually, metaphorically, and virtually. More information about SeaWorthy exhibitions, workshops, public performances and voyages can be found on the exhibition website: www.SeaworthyNYC.org

    Participating Artists Include: Michael Arcega; Rachel Bacon; Gabriela Basterra, Andy Bichlbaum & Jeff Day; Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw; George Boorujy; Laurie Churchman; Adriane Colburn; Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Thomas Dexter; Meredith Drum & Rachel Stevens; Amze Emmons; Drew Feuer & Eleanor Lovinsky; F.M.S.N.Y. (Heather Wood, Patty West, Joy Bennett, Chris Koldewey); Jason Gandy; Richard Haley; Crystal Heiden; Constance Hockaday; Haley Hughes; Shawna Johnson; Jonathan Kaiser; Adam Katzman; Marie Lorenz; Mary Mattingly; Nick Normal; Ciaran O’Dochartaigh; Anne Percoco; Natalia Porter; Duke Riley; Jessica Segall; Reid Stowe; Swimming Cities; A’yen Tran; Hui-Min Tsen; Emmett Walsh; Ian Warren; Brindalyn Webster; Charles Westfall; and Chin Chih Yang.

    Curatorial Advisory Committee: Jean Barberis, Benjamin Cohen, Dylan Gauthier, Michelle Levy, Georgia Muenster, Kendra Sullivan, and Sally Szwed.

    SeaWorthy: www.seaworthyNYC.org
    EFA Project Space: www.efanyc.org
    Flux Factory: www.FluxFactory.org
    The Gowanus Studio Space: www.GowanusStudio.org

    SeaWorthy: An Exhibition
    EFA Project Space
    June 10 – July 29, 2011

    Opening Reception: June 10, 2011, 6 – 9 pm

    EFA Project Space presents an exhibition featuring artists who approach water navigation as subject, pushing its potential as a mutable open platform for social experimentation as well as metaphor for personal, artistic, and collective freedom. The show includes installations, models, prints, drawings, photos, videos, and various other musings by artist-seafarers who generously impart their experience of the sea in order to refresh our perception of the land.

    Some highlights include:

    • Documentation of Anne Percoco’s intricate Kilmer Shrines, monuments constructed to honor the sites of some of the under-appreciated drainage systems of New Jersey.
    • A full-scale print by artist/ boat-builder, and Tide and Current Taxi creator Marie Lorenz, who combs the shores of NYC for abandoned, for a washed-up boat to commemorate by inking and printing in the style of Japanese fish prints;
    • Illustrated plans of Amze Emmons’s fantasy purchase of the de-commissioned British aircraft carrier that he, proposes to convert to a community for climate refugees;
    • And Jonathan Kaiser’s Janet II, a personal, portable vessel crafted from refuse including disassembled chairs and hundreds of plastic grocery bags that has transported the artist along foreign waterways, and exists in the exhibition as a visual artifact of the artist’s travels as well as of the existing potential in everyday refuse.

    EFA Project Space, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, is located at 323 West 39th Street, 2nd floor, NYC.

    SeaWorthy: Workshops
    The Gowanus Studio Space
    May through July, 2011

    The Gowanus Studio Space is proud to host a series of workshops on boatbuilding, maritime activities, and nautical culture. The motivations, fantasies, and processes before a boat is built and used are specific to this genre of fabrication. While the exhibition’s arching themes use the boat as a metaphor and platform for freedom, the yearning for these freedoms are bred early on in the planning
    and building stages of these craft.

    Workshop highlights include:

    • Artist Natalia Porter leads a Traditional Mexican Trajinera Building Workshop in partnership with architecture students in Xochimilco. Once the emblematic Mexican watercraft is designed, built and launched, it will host a week of floating dinner discussions on topics ranging from immigration to Mexican Artists in the U.S. and more.
    • Shrines of the Gowanus Canal, with artist Anne Percoco, will guide participants to convert an old boat into a mobile shrine, constructed from primarily scrap material, that will then embark on a pilgrimage along the unique landscape of the now EPA Superfund site of the Gowanus Canal.
    • Laurie Churchman + Lisa Hutchinson lead a History and Design of Boat Names, and Boat Lettering Workshop, exploring the cultural history behind personal branding choices in design and typography of names lettered on pleasure crafts. Selections taken from Churchman’s book: BOATNAMES, chronicle from boat lettering from Egyptian times to the present, while boat-letterer Hutchinson gives hands on experience with sign and boat-lettering techniques.
    • Mare Liberum lead Shipwrecked, Shanghai’d and Marooned: A Plywood Fleet for New York City The freeform boatbuilding collective based in Gowanus finds its roots in centuries-old stories of urban water squatters and haphazard water craft builders. They are building a fleet of boats based on the historic 15′ Banks Dory and this workshop will craft boats with frames that can be built over in a single afternoon using minimal tools and basic building skills.

    Sea Worthy: Public Voyages
    Flux Factory
    July-August, 2011

    Flux Factory invites the public to sail off on expeditions exploring the waterways of New York on a fleet of seaworthy boats built specially for this project. Ranging from short expeditions to weekend extravaganzas, our voyages aim to educate the general public about the city’s waterways: a formative but easily overlooked part of our experience as city-dwellers.

    Events include:

    • Hotel Ms. Nancy. Constance Hockaday will build a floating hotel in the Neutrino tradition, that is, with reclaimed and scrap materials, to be moored at Marina 59 in the Rockaways. The raft will be open for weekend getaways, complete with fresh flowers and vacancy sign, along with a composting outhouse raft. The artist will also present a site-specific performative lecture.
    • Eco-Activist Sailing Tours Gabriela Basterra, Andy Bichlbaum, and Jeff Day present “Eco-Activist Sailing Tours,” explorations of the coast of New York City aboard the Alalba, a lovingly restored 50-foot ketch. Join us for day trips documenting the public ports of the city.
    • Procession for Immediate Certainty. Artist and boat-builder Jessica Segall will launch her handmade Norwegian faering in a procession across Manhattan to the East River to sail to Queens. The launch will be accompanied by live music and the release
  • Show me the Bird. Feather friend in the Gowanus Canal

    Yesterday, Gowanus Furniture posted, via twitter, an image of white bird with long legs hanging out in the Gowanus. Seems this guy has been around a least a week probably more because we have seen him around and got this photo of him on Tuesday.

    It looks to be some type of Egret, maybe the Ardea modesta (Eastern Great Egret), which are a protected species. We are not bird experts, but would love to know. We are curious if this is an egret, why it seems to have black around it’s eyes. We are very excited to see this guy around, although the Gowanus is not a recommending place for any animal.

    Mr. Egret, please do not eat anything you find in the Canal. It is not good for you. A three legged frog seems interesting, but will no doubt give a toxic tummy ache.

    This should be seen as a positive sign though: one that spring might actually happen at some point and more importantly that the Canal is on the road to recovery and this bird noticed.

    A clean Gowanus is a happy Gowanus!

  • CamLin Productions presents: Video About Gowanus

    On a daily basis you’ll find one of the residents from Gowanus’s telling tales of the neighborhoods interesting history. Even if they’ve told you these stories a thousand times, the way they tell them makes them more fascinating each time you hear it. The residents are not found anywhere else in New York and represent a very unique community within South Brooklyn. CamLin Productions takes a moment to capture a few of the characters of the Gowanus neighborhood in this fun short simply titled: Video About the Gowanus.

    Video About Gowanus from CamLin Productions on Vimeo.


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