General Project Description
Artists Norene Leddy and Jay Van Buren are working with Gallery Aferro to create a monument to Kea Tawana’sArk both online and in real life. Using drawing, photographs, and Membit (an augmented reality app), they collaborated with 100 Girl Scouts to visualize past, present, and future versions of the ark, and then geolocate the drawings in the Humanity Baptist Church parking lot at 235 Bergen Street in Newark, NJ, the ark’s final location. Visitors are encouraged to stop by Gallery Aferro throughout the exhibition, Kea’s Ark of Newark: a Life in Works, and contribute their own imaginings of the ark. Drawings and photographs are viewable in and around the church parking lot via Membit and online via the Red Pines website starting on December 19, 2016, www.redpinesmonument.com. Please note: visitors should be respectful of private property and use good judgement when visiting the Ark site.
Gallery Aferro: 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Humanity Baptist Church: 235 Bergen St. Newark, NJ 07103
Membit is a new way to share memories. When you make a membit, you leave an image in place for other Membit users to find and enjoy. With Membit, you can share the past of a place with the present, or share the present of a place with the future. Membit is a geolocative photo sharing app that allows pictures to be placed and viewed in the exact location they were captured. Membit’s patented Human Positioning System (TM) allows for markerless Augmented Reality to be used anytime, anywhere, by anyone, http://www.membit.co/.
About Kea Tawana’s Ark
Kea Tawana (c.1935 – Aug. 4, 2016) was a Japanese-American artist who built an Ark from salvaged wood in a vacant lot in Newark’s Central Ward. Tawana began construction in 1982, using wood from abandoned buildings, houses, churches and other structures. Eventually the ship’s frame grew to be 86 feet long and 20 feet wide. This artwork functioned as both a sculpture and a seaworthy vessel, and Tawana planned to christen the Ark the AKE Matsu Kaisha (Red Pine). Still unfinished, in 1987 the Newark Department of Engineering condemned the Ark and ordered its demolition. Tawana went to court, and tried to generate publicity to save the Ark, but after an uphill battle finally agreed to demolish it in the summer of 1988.
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