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Floating Eco-Art: Miss Rockaway Armada at MASS MoCA

Posted By Moe Beitiks On June 7, 2008 @ 2:05 pm In Art,Recycled Materials | No Comments

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There is currently a totally fun exhibit on view up at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) [2] put together by “a small group of people with extensive experience making big, insane projects.” The insane project in question is the Miss Rockaway Armada [3], a collection of recycled junk-rafts that spent two summers traveling along the Mississippi River in the spirit of an itinerant circus or a traveling medicine show. The cure-all and genuine good-health elixir of this project was sustainability, a theme the troupe has transferred onto dry land in an interactive exhibit featuring this experimental, floating eco-voyage.

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The uniquely creative members of the Miss Rockaway Armada are performers, visual artists, organizers and travel junkies from various organizations, including the bike circus Cyclecide [4] and some experienced junk-raft builders called The Floating Neutrinos [5]. Miss Rockaway floated down the mighty Mississippi river on pontoon rafts made from salvaged, dumpstered and donated wood and foam as a way of demonstrating alternative, eco-friendly transport and living, as well as showing off the opportunity to have a bucket of fun. The exhibit at MASS MoCA [6]is a realization of the Armada on dry land: a creative dreamspace requesting participation from visitors, an archive of experiences on the river, and a space to celebrate big and crazy ideas. It will be on display until March of 2009. We cannot wait to share in the ingenious insanity!

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/07/the-miss-rockaway-armada-at-mass-moca/

[2] Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA): http://www.massmoca.org/index.php

[3] Miss Rockaway Armada: http://www.missrockaway.org/

[4] Cyclecide: http://www.cyclecide.com/

[5] The Floating Neutrinos: http://www.floatingneutrinos.com/

[6] The exhibit at MASS MoCA : http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=370

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