2018 ARTPORT RESIDENCY

Wind & Waves

A Project by Brian Soliwoda

View of Brian’s ArtPort studio and  Wind & Waves  sculpture in progress

View of Brian’s ArtPort studio and Wind & Waves sculpture in progress

Preliminary sketch of the “Wind & Waves” clipper ship sculpture

Preliminary sketch of the “Wind & Waves” clipper ship sculpture

An homage to the nautical seaplanes of the Marine Air Terminal, and to the plants that propelled our migrations and manifested our cultural diversity.

Environmental artist Brian J. Soliwoda finds inspiration in the regenerative agriculture movement, where holistic approaches to food cultivation create positive impacts for ecosystems and communities.

In this project, Brian connects natural and social histories through a biodegradable sculpture of a clipper ship, with seeds woven and embedded into its sails and structure. Each seed variety highlights a different plant with a role in New York City’s immigration history. 

From tea plants (the earliest cargo for nautical clippers traveling between the Americas, Asia, and Europe) to the potato (which has South American origins and played a role in Irish immigration to New York City) – these seeds and many others will create a garden of transportation that reflects the diverse origins of our urban community.

The public is encouraged to share personal stories of plants and migration with Brian to be incorporated into the project. To learn more about the artist, please visit his website: www.salttree.art

View of Brian’s studio space for “Wind & Waves”

View of Brian’s studio space for “Wind & Waves”


The QCA ArtPort Residency is a program of the Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Art Fund that is supported in part by the NYC DCLA, Greater NY Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the NYC Council and in partnership with PANYNJ.