Sunday, November 8, 2009

Brooklyn Water Dowsing Expedition

First group dowsing expedition took place on November 7, 2009. I've put up a Google Map with the GPS points at which our dowsing rods crossed. This, of course, is by no means a survey of the neighborhood, but it is a start. If you do a search on Google Maps, under "Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn" you should be able to view the entire interactive map. Or try this link HERE. It may take a while to load.

One of the things I find really interesting, was that as we got closer to the abandoned ruins of the McCarren Park pool, which is the site of an old spring that fed the Bushwick Creek, there were several GPS anomalies. There were numerous times the GPS defaulted to an incorrect location at 24-48 Dobbins Street, which is several blocks away. I will check out this location to see what was there historically. Lastly, the final reading that was taken at the ruins of the McCarren Park pool was another GPS anomaly that defaulted to the Cemetary of the Evergreens in Queens, NY, next to the Ridgewood Reservoir. I did not even know there was a reservoir in Ridgewood. It makes me wonder if there was at some time a connection between the spring where the abandoned pool is now located (that we know for sure existed from old maps) and whatever the original source for the Ridgewood Reservoir. More research to be done....... I did not expect anything like is a link to a wikipedia entry about the reservoir: Ridgewood Reservoir which, according to wikipedia is a decommissioned 19th Century Reservoir.
Thank you all for your help. This is a great start for the project.
View Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn in a larger map

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn

Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, Eve Andrée Laramée is seeking a team of volunteers to work collectively on a project on dowsing for water in Brooklyn. This experimental project titled, Finding a Diamond in the Middle of a Muddy Road, will be conducted with a skeptical eye, yet an open mind, and will involve mapping the Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn area using sets of dowsing rods and a GPS unit. The intention is to examine how the information recorded through the procedure of dowsing (also known as water divining or water-witching) compares/correlates to historical maps of the springs, creeks and streams that existed near Bushwick Creek, now known as Bushwick Inlet, prior to the urban concrete strata now covering it.

If you would like to be a part of this project, please leave your contact information in the comments section, or email the artist directly at wander-at-earthlink-dot-net. Participants will receive a set of dowsing rods to keep.

A blog has been set up for the project, and more information will be posted on it:

Eve Andrée Laramée website: