SLO Architecture has built Harvest Dome 3.0, a floating dome project made to celebrate the riparian heritage of Grand Rapids. Made with local materials harvested from the Grand River industry, the 20-foot-diameter orb would be constructed from brightly colored surplus seat-belts and studded with rearview mirrors, set atop a ring of 128 repurposed two-liter soda bottles. The project explores the city’s legacy of manufacturing and a history of production. The new Harvest Dome builds off of lessons learned from version 2.0, funded by a MCAF grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The original 24-foot diameter cupola was made from over 450 reclaimed umbrellas that would float on 128 empty two-liter soda bottles through the New York City waterways. Its purpose was to reveal a circadian cycle of tides at the northern tip of Manhattan, home to one of the islands last remaining salt marshes.
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