Thursday, August 21, 2008

Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea

Last Friday in Troy, NY the hugely ambitious project Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea was launched. The massive spectacle, which features seven crudely constructed and oddly-powered sea vessels being piloted down the Hudson River with occasional stops for performances, was dreamed up and overseen by NYC street artist Swoon. Once the flotilla comes within sight of New York, it will become a solo Swoon installation in Long Island City at the Deitch studios. Dozens of people have worked for months building the unusual crafts and coordinating the trip, including San Francisco raconteur Chicken John and the California-based Kinetic Steam Works. The NY Times ran an article and images last weekend, and you can see a slide show here.

If you hurry, you can still catch the performances, featuring musician Sxip Shirey, the band Dark Dark Dark and playwright Lisa D’Amour, in Albany, Saugerties, Kingston, and Croton-on-Hudson.

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