This page, from left: Zoe wears ruff le tie-neck blouse Gucci, asymmetrical denim skirt and boots Balenciaga, headscarf her own. Leenda wears embroidered jacket Dior, shirt Proenza Schouler, trousers and shoes her own. Mary wears rollneck jumper and boots Dior, leather skirt MSGM. Opposite page: Linux wears windbreaker coat Givenchy
THE FUTURE OF FOOD:
Cynics of New York City might scoff at the prospect of an edible commons. Swale, the f loating food-forest docked in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge area, dares them to reimagine the greedy notoriety of their city. For founder Mary Mattingly – pictured here with her co-workers Leenda Bonilla and Zoe Allison – Swale is as much a literal provocation as a symbolic one. “Taking more than we need is often in line with not having enough,” she says of the project, which bypasses public land laws to allow New Yorkers to forage for their food.
“When Swale launched in 2016, there was not much (organic food) ripe (enough) to pick, and some days we found more people bringing plants than taking them.” What was once a barge has now taken on a multiplicity of meanings – as a tool, sculpture, architectural folly and call to arms that illustrates the powerful effect of fusing art with public service. Mattingly, an artist herself, is vying for a future where “we can walk outside anywhere in NYC and pick various fresh foods, (which) will bring reciprocal gifting in turn”.