16. Inhabitable Mobile Wetland ‘Finding Tibbetts’ in the Bronx

‘Finding Tibbetts’ piece in progress

This month a mobile wetland titled Finding Tibbetts will be traveling around the Bronx to build support for the Daylighting Tibbetts Brook project, an environmental initiative by City as Living Lab to unearth the now-buried Tibbetts Brook in order to minimize water pollution, reduce flooding, and reinvigorate the surrounding ecosystem. Finding Tibbetts will make multiple stops across the Bronx this month on the 16th, 23rd and 30th, specifically along the route of the stream, where visitors can see the model cross section of the brook, with water tubes, a real marsh, and an inhabitable section that invites visitors to enter and reflect on their own position in the environment. The wetland will also makes stops in October on the 7th and 14th. To get the detailed schedule, sign up for the mailing list at the City as Living Lab website.
Accompanying this project is Bob Braine’s Estuary Tattoos. Braine uses ink to paint the historical map of Tibbetts Brook on participants’ bodies, giving them a temporary piece of artwork on their own body in hopes of fostering people’s connections to the landscape, and most importantly, raise awareness about the daylighting project.