There's a Floating Forest Coming To New York City
New York’s newest project, Swale, is a mixture of art, innovation and sustainable farming. The garden will be floating along all summer, docking at various piers throughout the city for two weeks at a time. If you’re curious about this farm-as-art project go visit it and enjoy the produce—it is free for the picking!
Swale, a collaborative floating food project, is dedicated to rethinking and challenging New York City's connection to our environment. Built on an 80-foot by 30-foot floating platform, Swale contains an edible forest garden. Functioning as both a sculpture and a tool, Swale provides free healthy food at the intersection of public art and service. With Swale, we want to reinforce water as a commons, and work towards fresh food as a commons too.
Swale is an artwork. Art is integral to imagining new worlds. By continuing to create and explore new ways of living, we hope that Swale will strengthen our ways of collaborating, of cooperating, and of supporting one another. At its heart, Swale is a call to action. It asks us to reconsider our food systems, to confirm our belief in food as a human right, and to pave pathways to create public food in public space.