It’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Burning Man and a whole lot of watery fun. The brainchild of a street artist going by the name of Swoon, this project sees a band of adventurous folks building strikingly creative and questionably seaworthy boats to take them on summer cruises for no well defined purpose other than having a great time and meeting people along the way.
So far the group has planned four trips, cruised down the Mississippi on the first two trips from Minneapolis to St. Louis. They’d planned to hit New Orleans but the river proved too strong for their boxy, cobbled together craft. The third trip saw them travel down the Hudson River from Troy, New York to Queens, and their most recent adventure took them to europe, to float from Slovenia to Venice. Now they have a new trip planned for mid-August going through Oregon.
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Tod Seelie, a photographer and friend of Swoon, has been on all the trips thus far, documenting the many adventures of the boats and their crew. They’ve hosted live theater, music performances and invited locals to visit the docked boats where they could learn skills like silk screening and costume making.
“Many of us had hitchhiked before, or toured with bands.” Seelie tells Wired. “But we were all swept up by being on the boat, It was by far the most amazing thing I’d done.”
Check out more work from Tod Seelie and his upcoming book on “another New York” at todseelie.com.