:: interactive model boat pond and public art installation on polluted urban canal ::

Created by Nathan Kensinger, Laura Chipley and Sarah Nelson Wright

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The Newtown Creek Armada was a public art installation exploring the past, present and future of the Newtown Creek, a Superfund site bordering Brooklyn and Queens which is one of the most contaminated waterways in the United States. Visitors to The Armada piloted a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones.

The Newtown Creek Armada was a collaboration between artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, and Sarah Nelson Wright, and was presented in partnership with North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) and with support from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the North Brooklyn Boat Club. It received grants from the Hudson River Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, In Our Backyards (ioby), Macktez, and Feast Brooklyn. It has been made possible through the support of many community organizations and individuals.


THE NEWTOWN CREEK ARMADA on Brooklyn Independent Television: