City of Dreams Sculpture Garden Salvage
On View: June 12 - October 11, 2009

Abby Goodman & Cindy Stockton Moore

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Salvage - On-site, Governor's Island
Proposal Sketch - Elevation View
Scale: not to exceed 12 feet long, approximately 10 feet high (with mast) and 3 feet wide.
Dimensions will vary slightly according to found materials.
Concept: For this site specific project the artists will create a ship structure formed entirely out of salvaged materials, including lumber, a found shopping cart, and painted wax. This derelict formation references the remains of a plundered vessel. It is constructed near life scale with the shopping cart as the central support from which the two halves of the ship emerge. Contained in the hull, the cargo of the ship consists of similarly salvaged items of necessity and curiosity. The outer shell of the boat is made impervious to water through the application of encaustic in areas. The wax is painted to depict a visual mythology of the object’s history. This project reanimates found elements creating a narrative of self sufficiency, reclamation and buoyancy.
Interactive elements: Potential viewer involvement through navigational map component and trading of non-consumable cargo. A bed of wild mint to be grown in cart.
Day 1 of Fabrication: 05/08/09
cart lumber
Found Materials are gathered and loaded into Abby's studio.
The Shopping cart that will form the hull of the boat is examined and measured.
We plan our approach for constructing the bow...
...and begin building.
first day  
Cleats are fabricated and curves formed.
day 1 end  
Day One progresses smoothly using the reclaimed crate wood.
The rough frame of the bow is firmly in place.
Day Two of Fabrication: 05/09/09    
Day 2  
Abby draws and cuts the complex hull curves.
I struggle to secure the form using the reclaimed hardwood - which proves brittle and less cooperative than yesterday's scraps.
A little after lunch, we've built out the exoskelton of the bow of the boat.
We spend the rest of the afternoon trying to decide how best to approach the stern of the boat... we are ready for next week's work
Day 3 of Fabrication: 05/14/09    
Our second week begins with securing the bow for the future lattice work...
and building a cleat system for the stern.
At this point the cart is still easily manueverable - with each component (the stern and the bow) detachable - and able to be reassembled on site.
With the stern stabilized, we have a better idea of the length (and strength) of the vessel and start to build out.
Day 4 of Fabrication: 05/15/09    
By mid-day, we've cut the curve of the bottom and built the frame of the roof.
With the skeleton complete, the overall line of the vessel is now clear.
Our salvaged crate pine was running low so the timing couldn't be better.
The roof is assembled from scraps of hardwood gathered from a local furniture maker.
Their irregular, erractic ends form a charming line; it will be a shame to cover it.
Week 3 of Fabrication: 05/16/09- 05/24/09
With Abby's upcoming show at PS122 Gallery and my trip to DC, Week 3 is spent working separately.
In my studio in Philly, I work out the designs for the painted sides of the boat.
I also work out the narrative composition for the panel on the top of the bow.
Meanwhile Abby is busy with the sculpted masthead back in Brooklyn.
Week 4 of Fabrication    
On Week 4, we decide to tackle the front of the boat.
Bending the found lattice around the bow is slow and laborious.
The shell becomes sturdier as we add on.
Our techniques for dealing with the damaged wood improve...
... and the weathered nature of the materials certainly has its appeal.
We visually place the painted sides, but leave the assembly for the final stages.
Final Week of Construction: 06/05/09 - 06/07/09  
Back at work, we finish wrapping the bow of the boat.
The next step is sealing the wood with a coat of molten wax.
While I coat the exterior, Abby reinforces the interior with adhesive.
In the afternoon, Abby builds out the seating in the stern...
While I construct a shelving system using the interior of the cart for the transplanted mint.
Abby tests out the bench - safety googles still in place - before we call it a night.
The next day we work without stopping for documentation along the way...
The sculpted mast head and painted elements are added.
The lattice is wrapped up from the stern...
Shelving is secured...
A cleat is built to support the seating area out of a found barricade.
It will also help secure the sculpture on site.
We work late into the evening covering the sides with the hardwood scraps.
Too dark for photos, we have to return the next morning to document.
After finishing up some final adjustment, we take the vessel on her first test drive.
She rolls quite easily into the freight elevator and onto the loading dock.
Taking advantage of a deserted Sunday morning at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, we begin to push her towards the dock.
Not wanting to place too much stress on the wheels, we keep the excursion brief.
From the dock we can see the sculpture's future home on Governors' Island; it is easy to imagine her here.