Saturday, April 18th, 2009 | Contemporary Art, Public Art/Interventions, Tonky Limited Editions
I just redid my Gowanus Canal Tonky Octopus in green and pink and added text referring to how government scientists are determining whether Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal is polluted enough to add it to the EPA’s Superfund list. The EPA published a nifty brief on the neighborhood and the Superfund proceedings HERE.
Giving a site Superfund status gives the federal government the authority to intervene and clean up the toxic contamination whether it be chemical, fissile, biological, or other. A corollary of the process is to force those responsible for the contamination to pay for the clean up via litigation.
I am not a scientist, but I am an artist with a studio in the neighborhood and I can smell the overflow sewage that cascades into the canal after heavy rains, inhale the concrete dust billowing from mixing facilities, and meditate on the prismatic oil-slick rainbow floating out to sea. The Gowanus Canal area is an unhealthy place for New Yorkers to live and work and I hope it gets cleaned up soon. It seems that adding the area to EPA’s Superfund list is the most expeditious way to do so.
Here are some links to thorough news coverage: