I unfortunately missed Husk Lab’s Broom Making Workshop last month at Proteus Gowanus.
More photos of the event here.
More on the project in this post.
Someone is definitely getting one of these handmade brooms for Christmas.
I met with Christina Kelly last week to talk about our two Gowanus projects.
She says the growing is almost finished, and she’s bringing a craftsman in to make the corn into a traditional-style broom. The sculpture will be an artifact of a season of cultivating the material.
Additionally, through all the flooding and hurricanes, she discovered that as water drains into the canal, the corn acts as a sieve, catching debris and preventing it from entering the canal…just like a broom.
This is all very exciting to me. It embodies a lot of the same processes and values that my shrine project does … paying consistent attention over time, a marriage of symbolic and practical action, and an emphasis on the source of one’s material …
It’s also a beautiful echo of Agnes Denes’s “Wheatfield”.
Yesterday Lily and I went out in a Dredgers canoe.
The tide was pretty high, and the water seemed a bit clearer than usual. Two shrines were completely missing: one of the golden domes and Helen’s felt yurt, and we couldn’t locate Florence’s wire construction. But the first tiny shrine, the lean-to, Helen’s hanging shrine, and the other dome are in good shape! We left several colored bottle caps and some other items and added a few rocks here and there. We saw three cats hanging out by the water, which surprised me!
July 31. Thanks to Ben, Mike, Larsen, Helen, and Florence for coming out!
Larsen’s beautiful map of the Gowanus Shrines, before scanning & photoshop clean up….
He also took this great shot from the 3rd Street bridge. Here’s Ben (a different Ben) with Larsen and Mike, installing the first shrine: