This Fall the Miss Rockaway Armada will be born again as the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea. It’s the same fun idea: recycled rafts and boats floating down a river, touting all things sustainable and art-fueled, but this time the fleet is powered by alternative energy sources like biodiesel, solar and steam.

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Featuring seaworthy vehicles such as the steam-powered Wilhelmina by San Francisco’s Kinetic Steamworks, the Switchback flotilla will voyage from August 15th ’til September 7th along the bit of Hudson that stretches from Troy to the New York City Harbor, eventually docking in Long Island City, Queens. Along the way, the floating roadshow will stop and give performances in Albany, Saugerties, Kingston, and Croton-on-Hudson. Creative contributors include playwright Lisa D’Amour, the band Dark Dark Dark and circus composer Sxip Shirey, coordinated by print artist Swoon.

Perhaps it’s a justification for an alternative means of travel, a kind of political rallying in an election year, or maybe (just maybe) the green movement has reached religious proportions for some folks (and maybe it’s simply about satisfying a need), but it seems like sustainability has a knack for putting people out on the road in this country.

They’re out there, traveling in clean-fuel caravans and bike-powered carnivals. In this instance, Switchback Sea is one of many glorious manifestations of the modern, green and art-centric travelling show.

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(Photo credit: nck wntrhltr and John Woodson)