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!
Thanks to Larsen for the excellent design! Download a printable PDF here.
This map should make it possible for anyone to visit the shrines independently. The Dredgers‘ hours and location are listed. They loan out canoes for free.
Larsen’s beautiful map of the Gowanus Shrines, before scanning & photoshop clean up….
Thanks to Ben from the local blog Gowanus Your Face Off for this great write-up! I love these photos – the colors are so saturated and almost fluorescent, it makes the canal seem especially toxic.
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:
This site is a couple blocks from Gowanus Studio Space. It’s a dead end that leads to the canal where NYC tour buses are parked. The Gowanus Conservancy built a boat launch and has planted some local species there, amongst the giant weeds. I saw a couple of little crabs and a dragonfly.
This is a collaboration between me and Helen.
This beautiful piece is by Mike!
Scouting for sites for the Gowanus Shrines. Thanks to Ben Cohen of Gowanus Studio Space.