The proposed subterranean park known as the Lowline raised a whopping $223,506 through its latest Kickstarter campaign (h/t Lo-Down). This means 1) it is "the most funded Public Art project on Kickstarter to date" and 2) people are actually really into this thing. A total of 2,564 people donated to the campaign, which had a goal of $200,000. The money will allow the Lowline team to create a "bigger, badder, more mindblowing" lab than the previous test site they built a few years ago. They plan to use the lab to test out their solar technology to see if their sunlight-funneling system would actually let plants grow in the underground trolley terminal where they want to build this park.
James Ramsey and Dan Barasch first put forward the idea for the Lowline in 2011, and since then, they've been slowly working toward making this a reality. They want to repurposed the old Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal under Delancey Street on the Lower East Side to create a public green space. It's all very futuristic and pretty complicated, and it will be truly amazing if this ever becomes a reality.
· New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park [Kickstarter]
· Lowline's Kickstarter Raises $223,506 For Essex Market Lab [LoDown]
· Lowline Park Reminds Us It Exists By Asking For More Money [Curbed]
· Here Now, Renderings of "Low Line," Underground LES Park [Curbed]
· All coverage of the Lowline [Curbed]