The Handwriting on the Road
Sometimes you really have to hit people over the head to get a message through, and it can take an artist to convey the message. For instance, everybody knows that water levels will rise if we don't stop temperatures from rising, but what does that mean to us personally?
Artist Eve Mosher is making it perfectly clear to people in Brooklyn. She is drawing the line where the shore would be if the water rose 10 feet. According to the New York Times, 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.
Her drawing, by necessity, cannot be continuous or even particularly lovely in an artistic sense. It can't, for example, extend through people's living rooms or yards or the back seats of their cars, so Ms. Mosher has to do a lot of stopping and skipping around. (In parks and other grassland, the line is replaced by temporary, solar-powered light beacons.) And the drawing takes a lot of time because she insists on explaining her mission, even to people who do not seem particularly interested in hearing about it.
"I'm gonna come tell you what I'm doing," she yelled in her still-strong south Texas accent (she was raised near Houston) to a man standing silently watching her on the front steps of his house...more in ::New York Times