Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies of Freshkills Park that were produced through a series of workshops held within a 20-foot shipping container named Fasnet.
The project, designed by New Jersey artist James Powers, brought visitors of all ages to the park before it fully opened. These drawings represent impressions of the scenery at the landfill-to-park project as an ongoing dialogue between past, present, and future.
As described by the Freshkills Park Alliance, “Fastnet imagines a world where artifacts of industry like a shipping container, which typically transports the consumer goods that eventually rest in landfills, can be repurposed into vehicles for artistic production and engagement with the environment.”
The plein-air drawing workshops were located in an area of Freshkills Park formerly used by NYC Department of Sanitation for landfill operations. It is planned as a future cultural and waterfront hub.
Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing at Freshkills Park will be on view from September 13 through November 14, 2019 at The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, located at 830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, NYC.
The project, which is Free and open to the public, is a collaboration with NYC Parks, Fastnet, and Freshkills Park.