The Gowanus ArtLab on the Whole Foods Esplanade will host small-scale art happenings and community-based environmental stewardship workshops. The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood. The structure has an extremely porous facade – a mix of plywood, wire mesh, acrylic paneling, open windows, and doors. The facade is composed of mainly reclaimed materials complementing the recycling plant across the canal. Twenty-two storm water modules line the roof, capturing and retaining rainwater before it makes its way into the canal. With these modules the structure becomes an educational opportunity itself while it hosts workshops. By offering a space along the canal for site specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.
Support of Arts Gowanus Mission:
The Gowanus ArtLab supports the mission of connecting the arts and the Gowanus Community by both supporting and revealing the creative process. The Gowanus neighborhood is home to hundreds of artists, craftspeople, and fabricators “making” things behind closed doors and walls. Gowanus ArtLab asserts that this “making” is critical to the character of the Gowanus, and needs to be integrated into public space on the evolving waterfront.
ArtLab Gowanus was made possible by a grant from Brad Landers office in conjunction with Arts Gowanus.