WetLand 2014 - 2017

A floating sculpture, WetLand resembles a partially submerged building that integrates nature with the built environment. The interior contains a living space, workspace, and performance space. WetLand’s overall ecosystem includes rainwater collection and purification, greywater filtration, dry compost systems, outdoor vegetable gardens, indoor hydroponic gardens, and floating gardens circling the perimeter. Attention to the social and environmental impacts involved in material production, distribution, use, and disposal are important to the formation of WetLand, which was built entirely from the urban waste stream. WetLand stresses how important it is for more people to be involved in caring for our common home and to re-address water as a commons by engaging with students who steward the space and test and maintain the project’s water systems.

WetLand partnered with the University of Pennsylvania's Program in the Environmental Humanities and Bartram's Garden through the Spring of 2017. WetLand was docked on the banks of the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Garden and was used as a space for classes, residencies, and public programming.