Anne Percoco – Gowanus Canal Shrine Project
In a public workshop at the Gowanus Studio Space, participants will convert a boat into a mobile shrine, which will travel on the canal. The shrine will be constructed primarily from scrap material. Participants will also each make a miniature shrine. These will be installed at locations along the bank of the canal during the boat-shrine’s maiden voyage. Workshop participants will also have the option of designing a ceremony, which might consist of symbolic gestures as well as remediatory actions. The remediation might consist of collecting debris from shrine sites or planting plants that absorb toxic elements in the water. During July and August, there may be repeat voyages, depending on interest. Ideally the shrines will grow and accumulate over repeated visits.
The shrines will function as focal points in the landscape. The main mobile shrine inverts the idea of a pilgrimage: the shrine itself travels to various sites, not just the pilgrims. I intend this workshop and pilgrimage to be an experience during which viewers are given the opportunity to try out an animistic understanding of the landscape and an alternate way of engaging their immediate surroundings.
This is a project of SEAWORTHY, a collaboration between Flux Factory, The Gowanus Studio Space, and EFA Project Space. For more information on SEAWORTHY projects, please visit www.seaworthynyc.org