Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Students Showcase Talents At Firehouse
People passing by the firehouse at Beach 59 Street have been trying to figure out what the students from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s Urban Planning/Aqua 101 program have been up to. The students have been drilling, sanding and cementing pieces in preparation for their art installation for the Fifth Annual Earth Day Rockaway Celebration. The celebration, which was held on Saturday was the debut for their interactive waterfront sculpture. RWA educators Elizabeth Manclark and Keneisha Turner worked with the students over the past few months collecting debris off the shoreline to recycle for the project which was intended to draw attention to public waste and the impact it has on our waterfronts, and to propose ways in which the public can reuse their waste for efficient waste management. The students worked together to build mosaic tables of pottery, glass and found objects, as well as shade structures of brightly colored parasols to keep cool in the sun. The final project was unveiled Saturday to a large crowd that attended the event, and marked the meeting place where environmental workshops took place on the beach.