The Gowanus Canal could get a floating art installation (slide show)

The folks behind Harvest Dome 2.0 are raising money to bring their massive metal orb to the pungent waterway

  • Photograph: Andreas Symietz

    Harvest Dome

  • Photograph: Andreas Symietz

    Harvest Dome at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

  • Photograph: Andreas Symietz

    A kayak pulls the Harvest Dome

  • Photograph: Andreas Symietz

    Harvest Dome in Inwood

  • Photograph: Alexander Levi

    Harvest Dome arrives on Governors Island

Photograph: Andreas Symietz

Harvest Dome

An enormous orb-shaped art piece may soon float into the Gowanus Canal. The installation in question is Harvest Dome, a 24-foot-tall sphere of 450 reclaimed umbrellas made buoyant with 128 empty bottles. The brainchild of Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi at SLO Architecture, Harvest Dome 2.0 was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard last summer (its precursor crashed onto Rikers Island in 2011). The enormous water-top round then glided over to the Inwood Hill Park inlet and Governors Island, where it currently resides on land.

The project's creators have launched a Kickstarter to bring it to Gowanus's polluted waterway for six months. They're looking to raise $5,000 in the next 11 days to fund the barge necessary to transport the 700-pound structure, which Schachter told DNAinfo "will bring the Gowanus alive."

Scheduled to drop anchor in the Superfund site's Fourth Street Turning Basin, Harvest Dome will be within prime viewpoint from the Gowanus Whole Foods, scheduled to open by the end of the year. Another way to see the public art piece? Get up close and personal by canoeing right up to it.

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