Mary Mattingly


Mary Mattingly is an artist based in New York. She launched a floating food forest on a barge in New York City called “Swale” where anyone can forage fresh food from an edible landscape for free on the waterfront in order to increase access to fresh food since restrictions on New York City's public space disallow public foraging. Mattingly recently transplanted a group of edible palm trees from agricultural zone 10 to zone 5 in upstate New York, the introduced flora accounting for predictions in climatological shifts and how that may affect agricultural zones. Mattingly studies public-public partnerships for water infrastructure, commons management, mobile architecture, and has built floating eco habitats. Mattingly’s artwork has been featured in The New York Times, Le Monde, New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and on PBS's Art21.