Down in the Ground (DIG)

The unseen work that makes our daily lives possible takes place far beneath New York City’s sidewalks–from water and sewers to subways and trains, the lore of the underground lured us to the subterranean world occupied by the New York City Sandhogs, Local Engineering Unions, the Fire Department of New York, and contractors to the MTA. Down In the Ground is the work of a collaboration between Liza Wade Green, Lígia Teixeira, Will Orzo, Emily Rea, and many of these individuals from the world of the underground.

An interest in the infrastructure and waterways of New York City led us to try and uncover the aesthetic of the “underneath” and the amazing stories of people who work there. From Water Tunnel No. 3 and the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to East Side Access Project and the Second Ave Subway, we found ourselves awestruck by the scale, breadth, and history of subterranean infrastructure. In the process of making our way underground, we met dozens of people who gave us amazing insight into the physical and ephemeral qualities of what lies below our metropolis.

What resulted from our underground journey was a dance set around the Acconci Studio-designed fountain in the Visitor Center at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, performed by members of Local 147 Sandhogs and Liza Wade Green, Lígia Teixeira, Emily Rea, with sound design by Will Orzo.  We also created two interactive sound and video installations where participants could adjust their movements and discover the sights and sounds we collected underground (with the help of those we met along the way).


Down in the Ground (DIG)

Interactive installation and dance performance at Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant by

Liza Wade Green

Will Orzo

Emily Rea

Lígia Teixeira

and Local 147 Sandhogs, MTA Engineers, Water Treatment Workers, and FDNY Explosives Experts

Performance, installation and opening reception Saturday May 19, 2012, 7pm

Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Visitor Center

329 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222

Installation ongoing until July 20, 2012

Down in the Ground (DIG) | 2012 | Liza Wade Green | Projects