Gallery: Toxic Art: Sludge from the Gowanus Canal Enshrined in Brooklyn...

A lot is going on with the Gowanus Canal these days. Since being declared a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency last year, the city has begun putting forth its own efforts to help contribute to the clean up. One recent proposal emphasizes using plant life to help capture stormwater runoff before it enters into the canal, a problem that has worsened the pollution in the area. But the EPA’s role in the clean-up is strictly focused on the muck at the bottom of the canal, which is heavily contaminated with industrial waste. The toxic mud will eventually be removed, but a sample of it will remain in Brooklyn forever: the EPA has donated a jar of the chemical-filled sludge to Proteus Gowanus, a local gallery dedicated to collecting artifacts relating to the Gowanus Canal and surrounding neighborhood.

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