WetLand resembles a sinking house. It's built atop an old boat hull and functions as an art residency on the Delaware River. 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.
Art is integral to imagining new worlds. 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 the material production, distribution, use, and disposal are important to the formation of WetLand, which was built entirely from the urban waste stream.
WetLand augments local community movements by drawing a broad range of people with different backgrounds to the space, and by organizing collaborations. 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, collect data relating to energy use and production, and test and maintain the project’s water systems. The WetLand sculpture is an argument for a thriving local urban environment.