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Stephen Mallon: “The Reefing of USS Radford” presented by The Front Room Gallery

Resource May 16, 2012 EVENTS

The Front Room Gallery is proud to present “The Reefing of USS Radford.” Stephen Mallon’s 3rd solo exhibition at The Front Room, this body of work is a continuation of his ongoing series “American Reclamation,”which chronicles and examines recycling processes in the U.S. This series holds optimism in the innovation of salvaging techniques, showing the possible gains that can be made as industrial waste is revivified.

563-feet in length, the USS Arthur W. Radford has nobly served her country for over 26 years as a US. Navy Spruance destroyer. Her impressive military background. This ship, once home to over 340 sailors at a single time, was given it’s last mission; to retire and become an underwater eco system to house algae, fish, anglers, and other under water life alike. Creating an underwater community not only for fish, but for divers as well.

Stephen Mallon’s new series charts the final stages of this glorious vessel’s life and the destructive beauty of preparing it for reefing.


Visit Stephen Mallon’s “The Reefing of USS Radford” at The Front Room Gallery Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

May 18–June 17th

Reception, Fri. May 18th, 7-9pm

Hours: Fri-Sun 1-6




  1. Mike Mattes June 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    What are the co-ordinates for this reef? Can’t find them anywhere.

    • editor June 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Hi Mike, We’ll have to ask the photographer and get back to you. Cheers.

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