Harvest Dome Transforms Trashed Umbrellas into Floating Art Treasure

By Carla Zanoni on October 21, 2011 2:06pm 

The eco-educational dome is scheduled to float into Inwood on Friday.
The eco-educational dome is scheduled to float into Inwood on Friday.
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Slo Architecture

INWOOD — Northern Manhattan get ready, a newcomer is sailing into town.

The Harvest Dome, a floating, illuminated dome made of discarded storm-damaged umbrellas, is set to arrive in the waters off Inwood Hill Park on Friday.

The dome is meant to represent “a physical revelation of the city’s accumulated waterborne debris,” organizers said.

Created by a group of architects from Slo Architecture in collaboration with teens from Inwood Community Services and volunteers from The Bronx, the 24-foot-diameter dome is set to float in the inlet, and cut through and straightened in the 1930's by Robert Moses when the Henry Hudson Bridge was constructed.

Architects Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi scoured city streets after rainstorms scooping up weathered umbrellas in order to build the unusual looking dome with Brooklyn-based metal fabricator  Robert Wrazen.

“Harvest Dome reveals and transfigures the workings of this ecosystem at Manhattan’s northern tip…and the real-time harvesting of the city’s manufactured debris into a large-scale curiosity of urban nature,” a statement about the project reads.

The exhibition, which was funded through a Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) grant of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in collaboration with the Parks Department,  will be on view through Nov. 15 in Inwood Hill Park inlet. 

The Inwood Hill Nature Center will hold an open house to discuss the installation on Sunday, Oct. 23, between 3 and 5 p.m.

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