As participants enter the installation area, they will have a choice to enter through one of three different areas: one if they arrived by car, another if by public transportation, and the third if by bicycle or on foot. In the area they walk into will be a thermostat, two lamps, a table with some food, some soil, seeds and pots for planting, a laptop and a printer. Each of these offers the opportunity for user interaction. There will be two plates of food offered on scales that look like platters. One will be food that is vegetarian and local, the other food that requires transportation to get to NYC and is higher up on the food chain. There will be an option to use disposable containers or not, and then a choice of garbage cans that will either recycle or be taken to landfill.There will be pots with soil and seeds to plant in them. Participants can use the laptop to either print some statistics based on their experience, or email them.
The Statue of Liberty will begin to complain when it starts to get too hot in her booth. She may also complain that the water is too cold. She will suggest that participants turn on the AC or the heat with the thermostat so that they and she can be more comfortable. She may complain that she needs more light to see in order to get some things done at night, and ask that they put a lightbulb in a lamp, which they can choose from different types.
Lori lives in the far East Village, just over the line from a designated evacuation zone for Hurricane Sandy. After the basement just below her apt was inundated with 18” of water, her block was changed to Zone A for future storms. She loves her apartment, and also warm weather, but does not like wind and rain.