Title: Ocean Landmark
Date: February 5, 2000
Location: ITP, NYU, NYC
" I processed 500 tons of an industrial
waste product, laid it on the floor of the Atlantic and created a flourishing
environment no one can see."
-Betty Beaumont 1980
Ocean Landmark is an underwater work on the floor of the Atlantic, made of 500 tons of processed coal-waste, apotential pollutant that has undergone a planned transformation into a flourishing ecosystem—a lush underwater garden. The work was inspired by the potential of the continental shelf and by a team of scientists experimenting to stabilize an industrial by-product in water. I proposed using their materials to create an underwater sculpture, that when fished, would feed people. 17,000 coal fly-ash blocks were then fabricated, shipped to the ocean site, 40 miles from the New York Harbor and three miles off Fire Island National Seashore, and laid on the continental shelf. Ocean Landmark started to change at the point of its installation. It has grown and developed into a productive new ecosystem over the years and continues to evolve. In fact, the work is listed as a "Fish Haven" on the NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) coastal navigational map. Ocean Landmark, a realized artwork that suggests a new industry, is 20 in 2000.
Special Thanks to:
George Agudow , Midori Yasuda, Ben Gonzalez and Diane Valerioti
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