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The STORY of the HighWaterLine


In 2007, visual artist Eve Mosher embarked on a journey to map the areas in New York City predicted to be impacted by increased flooding due to stronger storms fueled by climate change. Mosher researched climate science, spoke with climate scientists, and charted flood zones onto Google maps. She then spent six months using chalk and a sports field marker to draw the 10-foot above sea level or 100-year flood line on the city streets and sidewalks of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The line extended nearly 70 miles through coastline communities that are now being impacted in this century by extreme weather and storms intensified by climate change.

Overview The HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE was developed to accommodate a wide range of participants including nonprofit organizations, school groups, and individuals. It can easily be a weekend workshop, an entire semester, or annual project of research, production and presentation. The project is considered a reproducible tool for anyone interested to take action addressing climate change. Although the range of impacts due to climate change are vast and include extreme weather, drought, food shortages and more, the guide specifically focuses on educating and activating

the same area that Mosher demarcated in her art project was then flooded in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy, as was projected by many scientists. Today, Mosher invites you to join her in creating the HighWaterLine in your community – to mark a flood zone or sea level rise in your neighborhood or region, and to develop strategies to engage in dialogue about climate change and what we can do to address the inevitable threats of extreme weather and other severe ecological impacts.

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communities to reduce C02 emissions, and to advocate for adaptation, mitigation and

Mosher named the project HighWaterLine and engaged people on the streets while marking the line. The act of physically marking the projected flood zone was a performative gesture, interrupting the routine of daily life in the city, while providing a platform for dialogue about climate change and its local and global impacts. Melding science, art, data-visualization, and public education, this action invites a range of opportunities to engage citizens in conversations on climate change and how we can adapt to the changes in our natural and built environments. The project garnered global media attention for its simple yet powerful statement in visualizing climate change impacts: first when it was created in 2007 and later when

resiliency. Participants will begin to understand conceptually through active visualization how accelerated global warming will impact the people and the environment in their community. Activities found in the guide have been broken into STAGES, which can be executed individually or all together, and at the depth that makes sense with the learning goals of an organization or institution. Included in each stage are ACTION STEPS to create your own placed based HighWaterLine. At the end of the guide are RESOURCES and SUPPLEMENTAL ACTIVITIES sections that can be aligned with Common Core Standards.


A film by Cicala Filmworks and The Canary Project For more about the project visit the site:

About the artist: eve Mosher New York-based artist Eve Mosher creates work that investigates landscape as a starting point for audience exploration of urban issues. Her public works raise issues of concern for public/private space use, history of place, cultural and social issues, and understanding of an urban ecosystem. Mosher’s visualization methodology is her medium. Out in the public sphere, armed with scientific research, she makes visible the interstices of nature and human activity. Mosher

Participants will take action in the following areas: • Climate change research • Storm surge mapping


• Navigating public space • Sharing information and stories



has received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs both through the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Compton Foundation, Invoking the Pause, 11th Hour Project, and The City Parks Foundation. She holds a Masters of Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a major in sculpture and a minor in photography, and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A & M University with a major in architecture and a minor in photography. Eve Mosher is currently a consultant and leader for the Professional Development Program at Creative Capital and is an Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design, both in New York City.


HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE  

ecoartspace presents Eve Mosher's HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE, the first in a series of ten art and ecology learning guides presenting replic...

HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE  

ecoartspace presents Eve Mosher's HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE, the first in a series of ten art and ecology learning guides presenting replic...