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Failed Floating Art Exhibit to Make Second Venture to Inwood Hill Park

By Nigel Chiwaya | May 8, 2013 11:35am
  The Harvest Dome is coming to Inwood two years after it was destoryed on Riker's Island.
Harvest Dome To Make Second Trip to Inwood
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INWOOD — Get ready Inwood; the Harvest Dome is coming back.

The dome, a giant floating art installation that was destroyed before it could reach Inwood Hill Park two years ago, is making a second sojourn to Upper Manhattan for a one-month exhibition in August.

The architects behind the project, Amanda Schacter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, announced their intentions at Tuesday night's Community Board 12 Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting.

The 24-foot diameter sphere dome is made up of hundreds of recycled umbrella frames and soda bottles and will be anchored in the Inwood Hill Park inlet with the intention of showcasing the park's tides, which transform the inlet to a mudflat every day. 

Schacter and Levi's first dome met its doom during its voyage down the East River toward Inwood Hill Park. The canoes carrying the dome took on rain water and the project drifted over to Riker's Island, where Department of Corrections personnel destroyed it.

Instead of giving up, Schacter and Levi are trying again. Levi likened the desire to see the project through to fighting a bull in Spain.

"You get gored and you get right back and and fight the bull again," Levi said.

"We just want to make it right," Schacter added. "We had got so much attention and the community got so excited, but it never made it to the site."

While the previous dome was built with a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the second dome will be built with the help of supporters, as the architects raised over $7,500 for the project on Kickstarter last year.

This time, the dome will be built in June and July at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and will carried up by two tugboat captains. Schacter and Levi have also been given a three-day window between July 31 and Aug. 2 to bring the project up to Inwood, weather permitting.

"We learned our lesson this time," Schacter said.