September 23-25, 2011
Piece by piece as the season was winding down, our visitors helped us dismantle the Microtopia installation by taking the smaller structures and creations home with them. And we were overjoyed that in the midst of our deinstall, we were able to deliver several structures to pemanently reside at the Lorge school, where Ilyse Kazar had conducted her Unlikely Voters series of workshops, and will continue the relationship with that wonderful school.
Other teachers and return visitors helped take parts of Microtopia off our hands and at the end of our deinstall, Earth Matter (a project that seeks to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging composting) welcomed our Brooklyn Bridge to keep their chickens company!
Microtopia 2011 on Governor's Island might have vanished, but we are making our plans for continuing the project. There are several groups that we might seek to collaborate with on more nomadic forms of Microtopia, or who might feature us and the various cottage industries we became connected to in a future venue. So, we have decided to continue with new incarnations of the project! Timothy Bellavia's We Are All the Same Inside will be collaborationg with us in March, and we will be in talks with Pop Up Adventure Play in the coming months... stay tuned!
Some images of our deinstallation process: