Building “Xochitl” – A Trajinera at The Gowanus Studio Space


I worked with Natalia Porter and Ben Cohen building one of Mexico’s most emblematic watercraft: the Trajinera. Traditionally used for shipping crops in and out of the fields and on the canals of Xochimilco, these 30ft long craft equipped with a dining table and chairs are predominantly now used for the enjoyment of local and non-local tourists.

Natalia employed the help of two architecture students at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana – Xochimilco, to research the design and construction techniques of these boats. These plans were used to build “Xochitl”, the replica Trajinera here in New York. After launching in the Gowanus Canal “Xochitl” will serve not only as a place of cultural exchange, but as a tool and platform for the discussion of different issues, including Mexican Immigration in and around New York City, in partnership with the Mexico Now Festival and the Queens Museum of Art.

EFA Project Space, Flux Factory, and The Gowanus Studio Space partner to bring you Sea Worthy, an experiment in, exploration of, and tribute to maritime art. Beginning in late spring and continuing through the summer of 2011, Sea Worthy will combine exhibitions, workshops, and artist-led events in and around New York City’s waterways and waterfronts.

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