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Newtown Creek Remote Control Boats Set to Launch

By Meredith Hoffman | August 31, 2012 8:54am

GREENPOINT — The fleet is about to set sail, and all are invited to steer the ships through the Newtown Creek muck.

The Newtown Creek Armada, a bunch of tiny remote-controlled boats, launches in the creek's "model boat pond" next weekend — and video cameras beneath the boats will reveal the filth and sediment of the polluted water.

After months of preparation by artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, and Sarah Nelson Wright — and despite an expected launch date of last spring  the project is finally ready to go, the group said on their website, and it will celebrate with an opening ceremony next Saturday.

"It's to open people's eyes to a part of the city that they otherwise might ignore, to have people come out to this place that is a toxic wasteland," Kensinger said earlier this year of the project. 

The project is backed by the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition and is funded by the coalition's open call for ecologically conscious initiatives.

The Armada will be accessible to the public most weekend afternoons in September. Times and dates can be found on the group's website.