Mary Mattingly, the creator of Swale, describes it as a collaborative food project. An edible, floating forest garden. And an artwork.
Leonard Bernstein said that good art is "fresh, but inevitable." Swale fills that bill on a number of levels.
It imagines a world where a buoyant ecosystem of public nourishment addresses food insecurity and helps build community. Not all artwork is beautiful, but this one is—in its rootsy simplicity and in its bountiful optimism.
Swale is in the Bronx at the Concrete Plant Park until tomorrow when it heads to Governors Island. As of September 15, you'll find it by Brooklyn Bridge Park.