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Swale would be composed of a 50-foot diameter floating platform with a gangway entrance and walkways that would allow the public to harvest food grown inside the garden.

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Mattingly is working with a number collaborators to get the project up and running for next summer. Students from Stuyvesant High School, Dwight-Englewood, and Fairfield University are working with local gardeners to develop a self-sustaining planting scheme for Swale. The initial plan for the lush garden is to find a way to use wetland plants to wick and filter water from the river, which will be used to feed the edible perennial plant system.

As for the structure itself, members of the U.S. Coast Guard are working with a nautical engineer and landscape architects to design the superstructure, perhaps using shipping containers and I-beams for the main building components.

Along with floating the message of food accessibility to New Yorkers, the sustainable installation will also take aim at the impact of large-scale supply food chains as well as excessive food waste practices.

The Swale project is being financed in part by A Blade of Grass, which provides artists with resources in order to create artwork that promotes social change.

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