First, we were presented with the surreal floating bed in the Erie Canal terminus. Not knowing at the time exactly how the installation came to pass, I took the sight at face value figuring that sometimes it’s best to just let sleeping art lie. It didn’t take long for the mastermind behind the project to contact me via email. “It is part of the “Fluid Culture” series I am organizing for the UB Humanities Institute,” Justin Read* wrote. “The project is running through April 2012. You can also find more info at www.fluidculture.org.” Although I haven’t had a chance to meet up with Justin in person yet (or the artists partaking in the exhibit), I did take a bike ride down to Canalside today to scope out some of the other art installations. They are definitely worth a trip to see in person.
This is a neat idea but not necessary. If you hook line a barrel up with any impervious surface (like a roof) you'll get more water than that little barrel can handle after a short rain. Most people don't plan for that at all. Here is a neat little video about that http://www.aquabarrel.com/learn_hard_rain.php
Aha! Here is the answer to my inquiry at B Ris. on 9/21/11 about the upside down umbrellas. Neat exhibit, fluidculture people! "Rain baskets" depicts functionality at its loveliest. And if there is any residue in that former wine barrel, can you can bottle it for revenue too? jk (just kidding.)
Now, Mr. Newell N., how about also featuring the wooden waves?