How Catskill Waters was Created Out of a Failure
Catskill Waters would not have happened if the previous public project by Keiko Sono, Catskill Waters’ director, was not derailed by one of the residents who protested the project.
The original proposal for Yankeetown Pond Project called for a long-term time-lapse production, following the seasonal and year-to-year transformation of Yankeetown Pond in Bearsville, by asking visitors and residents to take photos, and gathering them together to produce a video.
Her plan was to place a platform with an interpretive sign requesting visitors to take a photo of the pond from the platform and send it to her via email or Instagram, along with any personal memories or stories they might have to share. She had contacted all the property owners around the pond, who collectively owned the parking lot where the platform was to be placed, according to the town assessor’s office.
Within several hours of placing the platform, however, it was turned upside down, with a memo demanding to “remove this eyesore.” As it turned out, the parking lot also belonged to property owners along another road running parallel to the pond, granted by an old agreement missing from the office records.