With 15 immersive rooms covering 15000 sf, Arcadia is a transportive passageway through the ecological issues of overfishing, plastic pollution, food waste, deforestation and climate change. “I want to challenge traditional methods of communicating on sustainability by creating a sense of wonder and beauty in the change we can all inspire around the issues that are plaguing our planet” says Vettori.
Each installation has been developed using upcycled materials and reusable elements, created in collaboration with 12 purpose-driven environmental artists including META (Justin Bolognino + Eric Chang), Samuelle Green, Tamara Kotianovsky, Etty Yaniv, Cindy Roe, Poramit Thantaplait, Jesse Herrod, Katie Donahue, Katharina Hofrat, Charlotte Becket, Imigma, and Emmy Mikelson. Vettori also partnered with Brooklyn-based artist Basia Goszczynska to honor New York Stat’s ban on plastic bags by creating a cave of 44,000 recycled plastic bags, representing the number used in the state permute.
Reflecting the biosphere of the earth’s surface, 70% of the experience is dedicated to water-related topics with 30% of it relating to land. Every room is layered with educational commentary surrounding the issue it represents and offers visitors actionable suggestions for how they can be part of the solution.
Creative Direction + Music: Justin Bolognino
Content + Technical Direction: Eric Chang
Production Coordinator: Marycate Baroska
Creative Technologist: Woody Poulard
Creative Technologist: Kat Vlasova
O2 Nature Content: Brendan Hall
Special Thanks to Jonathan Thompson
NEW YORK TIMES