Juan Hurtado Salazar
Watershed Mobile Nursery
Juan Hurtado Salazar (he/him/his) is an interdisciplinary artist concerned with using craft processes, collaboration and emergent technologies in order to link the social and public, with the speculative and slightly implausible. Through his work Hurtado attempts to create the tangible elements visualizing the distance between the present and the challenges inhibiting collectively speculated futures.
Kitbashing – A Nursery for Futures is a workshop was an exercise in kitbashing, i.e., creating a new scale model by combining pieces from commercial kits and other sources. Participants used precut shapes, tools, and paint in Independence Seaport Museum’s Fisharium to design and construct a model for a floating nursery.
Functionally, the workshop offered lessons on balance and construction. Symbolically, it asked participants to acknowledge and consider what they are leaving future generations to inherit as we emerge into a new, climate-changing world.
This workshop launched the public phase of Juan’s “ecotopian” tool, Watershed Mobile Nursery.