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Illustration by Ambra Gadda and CJ Wang

Unwanted Waters

Unwanted Waters aims to protect an unwanted fish species that currently populate the Hudson River. These species have been mutated by human-caused pollution resulting from the removal of an unwanted community that previously inhabited the area. Throughout the history of Hudson River Park, several entities have been labeled “unwanted”. This project aims to revive the memory of a formerly unwanted community—the LGBTQ community—to create an environment for unwanted species that relies on the reuse of unwanted waste from the city. Through the process of burning, oyster waste is transformed into a new material—calcium dioxide—that can be cast and returned to the water to remove pollutants. Our project expands this chemical process into the landscape to create a different “nature.” Unwanted oyster shells from the city are burned and cast into queer statues that remediate water pollution. The landscape located above the water is used to create a new one below.