Saturday, June 16, 2007

High Water Line In Brooklyn

The New York Times has a profile of artist Eve S. Mosher, who is marking chalk lines on the streets and sidewalks of the Spring Creek and Canarsie neighborhoods of Brooklyn:
New York has seen its share of temporary, site specific artworks over the last several decades. This work is intended to make a point:
The chalk demarcates a point 10 feet above sea level, a boundary now used by federal and state agencies and insurance companies to show where waters could rise after a major storm. Relying partly on research conducted by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, Ms. Mosher is trying to draw attention to projections that the chance of flooding up to or beyond her line could increase significantly as a result of global warming.
In a worst-case scenario, according to the research, the line could mark the zone for flooding that would occur every eight years, on average, by the year 2050, meaning that dozens of neighborhoods would soon come to resemble Venice, or maybe ancient Alexandria.
Over the next several months, Ms. Mosher, 38, will extend her line through the coastal neighborhoods of southernmost Brooklyn and then move on to Manhattan to draw a line that begins at East 14th Street and loops around the bottom of the island, back up to West 14th Street.
Next she will return to Brooklyn and work her way from the Verrazano Bridge to the Battery Tunnel to Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, whose sludgy industrial topography could serve as a wanted poster for the kind of environmental damage that her project, called “High Water Line,” is warning against.
In New York, the damage from rising sea levels would not just be seen on the streets. The city relies on underground infrastructure such as water, sewer, power, communications and of course subways. If conceptual art is intended to provoke thought, Ms. Mosher is succeeding.
Photo: Kitra Cahana/The New York Times


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thought that comes to mind is that Ms. Mosher is an ass. When did every unispired idea become art.

10:54 PM, June 16, 2007  
Blogger Nancy Willing said...


Anyone who had the chance to see the UofD professor Willett Kempton give his windfarming presentation got to see his depiction of what would be left high and dry in Delaware once the flooding is on.

I got to quip about the number of bridges we would have to build to get around the "state". It is an eye-opener and I wish that Willett would make it more widely available.

12:53 PM, June 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure that is chalk not John Delorean’s coke stash !

2:19 PM, June 17, 2007  

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