This talk was presented during the WATER-BODIES panel during the NATURALLY HYPERNATURAL Conference, School of Visual Arts, Nov. 15, 2014.
HENRY G. SANCHEZ: THE ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT STATEMENT
Henry G. Sanchez has been working on the ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT for the past 4 years. It is a socially engaged, bio-art project about the English Kills tributary of Newtown Creek, a 2009 designated Superfund site in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He collaborates with the biologist Dr. Sarah Durand, CUNY of La Guardia College and several community groups to develop an alternative bio-remediation plan to construct man-made wetlands that clean and remediate the water quality for portions of Newtown Creek. It aspires to create new viable wetland communities, support the current wildlife habitat of marine life and endangered avian species, and to supplement other types of Superfund remediation that consist of dredging, water aeration, soil capping and other highly disruptive and potentially hazardous process’. The ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT seeks a green, sustainable, alternative remediation process to a grey and carbon based one.
The ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT takes a creative, socially engaged approach to develop an alternative bio-remediation plan by combining community action and public awareness campaigns with video, exhibitions, installations, performance and instigations. Currently, Sanchez is in active dialog with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York, to propose creating man-made wetlands and suspended habitats along MTA owned property in English Kills. The ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT has a imaginative, expansive and inclusive mission: to seek an ecological transformation, create public access to a public, safe and clean waterscape for all of New York City residents and environmental justice for a poor neighborhood of color with the help of its community.