On September 9th, 2012, The Newtown Creek Armada was launched into the waters of the Newtown Creek. The Newtown Creek Armada is an art installation that invites the public to explore the past, present and future of this contaminated New York City waterway. The Newtown Creek, a Superfund site bordering Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. Visitors to The Armada will pilot a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones.
The Newtown Creek Armada is a collaboration between artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, and Sarah Nelson Wright, and is presented in partnership with North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) and with support from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC). It has received grants from the Hudson River Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, In Our Backyards (ioby), Macktez, and Feast Brooklyn. It has been made possible through the support of many community organizations and individuals.
The Armada took place on weekend dates throughout September, 2012 at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, a public park operated by the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treament Plant. For details on the installation, visit newtowncreekarmada.org