Dear New Yorkers, if you happen upon a massive dome floating down a New York river, you are not hallucinating. It's just a stunning public art project.
The piece, entitled "Harvest Dome 2.0," is made entirely from discarded umbrellas and plastic bottles, reimagining the skeletal remains of garbage as the foundation of an ethereal architectural feat. The amazing 24 by 18-foot structure was crafted by husband and wife duo Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, who used a total of 450 umbrellas and 128 bottles to assemble the orb.
The work of "performance architecture" will be on view on the NYC waters throughout the month of August. We recommend taking a kayak excursion to the inlet of Inwood Hill Park to really examine those umbrella stands. Bonus if you head out after dark when the masterpiece lights up from within.
The fans who donated to the Harvest Dome's Kickstarter campaign deserve some credit for the floating installation as well. Hopefully this version of the dome won't encounter the same problems as its predecessor -- an earlier iteration was accidentally destroyed in the preliminary construction stages. Let us know your thoughts on the unlikely structure in the comments.
All photos courtesy Andreas Symietz.