As you may or may not know, Pop Up Flea London (PUFLDN) touches down in St. James on the weekend of October 11th. Same great Pop Up Flea taste, different island. In the process of planning the first ever international Pop Up Flea, we’ve come to know several characters, hustlers and ne’er-do-wells who have been cushioning our arrival in London.
One such character is James Bowthorpe: artist, builder, editor of The Rig Out, and official Master Of Interiors for PUFLDN. Over the last two years, while we’ve been thinking about heading to London, James has been working on a project here in New York. It’s called the Hudson River Project.
In James’s words:
At the core of Hudson River Project is a simple idea: Build a boat out of Manhattan’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson River – Lake Tear of the Clouds, high in the Adirondack Mountains – and row the boat back to Manhattan.
Outside of this being an amazing adventure and an experiment in sustainability, the HRP is a work-in-progress documentary that will be directed by Antony Crook and scored by the band Mogwai. To further support the film, Bowthorpe, Crook and co. have teamed up with the exquisitely named creative agency Mother New York for an event this Wednesday. The whole quest started with a similar endeavor in London in 2010 called the Thames River Project (that’s James rowing the river Thames above – nice form buddy).
If the teaser for the documentary (shown above) floats your boat, you should pop over to Mother to hear more, get involved, and meet James, Antony and the guys from Mogwai. Because it’s not every day that you see a documentary about a boat made of artisinal trash floating down the Hudson River. At least we hope not.