Mary Mattingly is an American artist known for performance and public artworks that address ecology like a free floating food forest on a barge in New York City and a temporary reading room for estuarial plants on the Thames in London. In 2013, Mattingly bundled the objects in her possession into large boulders and pulled them through New York City.
“Swale” is an ongoing project that launched in 2016 as a floating edible landscape on a barge to provide opportunities to reconnect with ecosystem services through a public commons and free edible plants. Swale utilizes marine common law in order to be public yet circumvent local public land laws. “Swale” has influenced NYC’s public land laws, with the city starting a trial “foodway” a 24-hour access park where people can freely forage healthy food.