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Project: Soils hopes to facilitate a broad range of collaborative art + science projects.  Among them:

  • A wide range of temporary public art projects and artist residencies
  • Public workshops and other community-based activities to spread knowledge and enthusiasm about our human connection to the natural—if urban– environment.
  • A soil museum to provide a permanent location where citizens can learn about–and engage with–the ground beneath their feet
  • A mobile soil lab for workshops and other public events

Projects in process…

Swale House

Mary Mattingly’s project, Swale, is utilizing an historic house on Governors Island in Nolan Park. It is free and open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am – 5pm, June 1 through October 30th, 2019. The house is staffed to provide information on the Swale barge, the development of a food forest on Governors Island, and work Swale is doing with the NYC Urban Soils Institute. On the weekends the Swale House has a regular calendar of events. During the week, it is a quieter work space.

The Art and Ecology Studio Exchange.

Three to four rooms in the house are designed to support the work of artists, writers, and ecologists who engage with urban land policy, agriculture, soil, food, and water. Swale House has given Project: Soils one of these rooms to host varying length residencies based on proposals and artist availability. These residencies will be organized through Urban Soils Institute’s Art Extension Service, and the Project: Soils initiative. We’ll need your help in supporting the space, and need you to work as a greeter weekend days, from 11am-5pm. Number of days we need your help depends on the length of your residency.

If you are interested to do some work/ writing/ thinking/ collaborating in the Project: Soils Room, click on the “Get Involved” tab above.

Projects realized