Sextantworks (originally Wanderlust Projects) practiced transgressive placemaking and experiential gift design through generosity, location, and intimacy. We made experiences in places you aren’t supposed to be. I started Sextantworks with N.D. Austin in 2012. We designed dozens of site-specific adventures in New York City and abroad over the course of nearly four years.

Our exploits included a speakeasy in a dry water tower in Manhattan, annual infiltration scavenger hunts of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, a pop-up wine bar on an uninhabited island in the East River, a romantic retreat at an abandoned honeymoon resort in the Poconos, a photo safari in the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn, and a love motel transformation in São Paulo, Brazil. We garnered a fair bit of attention in the press, attracting high-end, private commissions, among other client work.

And it all started thanks to a modest Awesome Foundation grant.

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