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Environmental activist and visual artist Brandon Ballengée worked with members of the community to collect specimens and look at the aquatic life of the Hudson River and surrounding area. Sponsored by NATURE Lab at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. This workshop is part of the series “Bio Art in an Industrial Wasteland,” funded by the NEA. This project planted the seed for a continued residency with Brandon and the community of Troy for with NEA Art Works support for “Urban Art Reclamations: Our Upper Hudson Heritage.”

This program involved the creation of a Hudson River Eco-Displacement sculpture. We now have a beautiful aquarium, with fish from the toxic waters of the Hudson swimming happily at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. The collected found objects from the desolate beach at Ingalls Ave. Boat Launch became creative elements for the Eco-Displacement environment. We had so much fun!

Produced and edited by local media artist, Ethan Seeley; cinematography by media and bio artist Kathy High and Ethan Seeley.