For the 2019 Haverstraw Riverside Arts Festival Cal was invited to create an interactive and community accesible installation
on the banks of the Hudson River informed by the landscape and history of Haverstraw NY.
Three large quilts were made by Cal and many pillows resembling amorphous animals and bricks were constructed in collaboration with
Cynthia Chang and Kyle Wainwright. At the festival community members and visitors were invited to lounge and listen via the soft
sculptures. Each quilt contained an electromagnetic field holding a unique soundtrack and could be accessed by pillows and buckets with speakers
and electromagnetic recievers inside.
Today the town of Haverstraw is marked by quarries and a waterfront scattered with molten bricks. Before European colonization
the area was inhabited by the Rumanchenank, a Lenape people whose communities spanned throughout the Palisades in New York and
New Jersey. Settlers reffered to the people living in the area as "Haverstroo" after Oat Straw which grew along the river.
Since, the land it has been ceaselessly torn up and mined. Haverstraw is currently home to Tilcon Quarry and the Bowline Powerplant.
Formerly known as "Bricktown", Haverstraw produced countless bricks for buildings in New York City after much of the city was destroyed
by fires in the 1830s. in 1906 excessive mining caused a large mine to collapse in a landslide after which much of the Haverstaw's town burnt and left the many molten bricks which still line its shores today.
Afterwards the town was rebuilt and mining and brickmaking continued.
Today vibrations, dust, and noise continue from Tilcon quarries as High Tor
Mountain is slowly chipped away.
"Haverstraw Riverwide Arts empowers this Hudson Valley community and beyond to create and envision art that transforms spaces,
encourages cross-cultural dialog, and fosters community. By developing unique and impactful projects and programs, Haverstraw
Riverwide Arts strives to inspire area residents and visitors alike to join in celebrating the Village of Haverstraw's rich
heritage and breathtaking resources. We believe that all people should have access to quality art, music, performances and
education regardless of age, race, sexual orientation/gender identity or financial status."