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This project is being produced in partnership with The Canary Project.

This project is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Kings County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Development Fund of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

thank you

A huge Thank You to everyone who has helped make this project not only happen, but succeed!

There's more to come - HWL in London (?), a documentary film, mapping projects & youth projects. Also, stay tuned for my upcoming projects on green roofs + social networking, a real cost coffee cart, a worldwide water use installation and a sculptural intervention in Union Square on the culture of disposal in that area.

You can still support the project through donations. If you are interested in purchasing items from the project (beacons, maps, photos, etc) please email me

There are so many people who contributed to this project, but here is a short list, in no particular order:

Meredith Johnson, who could see through the bad first drafts of the grant applications to see a project taking shape. She also pointed me in the directions of the community boards, city agencies and other organizations

Chris Neidl, who believed in the project and loved it immediately, and proceeded to introduce me to many many other valuable people (will be noted as FON - Friend of Neidl in this list)

Jackie Battenfield, who taught me to TELL EVERYONE (which led directly to a meeting with the Brooklyn DOT commish) and to never take "No" for an answer

Patricia Moreno &, Marnie Nir, who really got me dreaming big

Ben Jervey, who introduced me to the aforementioned Neidl and gave absolutely invaluable advice and input on the project and the support materials

Jenn Su, who was always excited about the project and provided lots of innovative ideas (FON)

Sarah Manley, who worked on (and is still working on) educational projects with me - her patience and sense of vision are noteworthy

Joe Palmieri, Department of Transportation

Clare Weiss, New York Parks Department

Ledia Carroll, for her valuable input on the making of the blue chalk line based on her experience with The Mission Lake Project

The Canary Project Volunteers, Melissa (we had such fun in Gerritson!) & Jillian

Peter Emerick, Sky Kim, Eduardo Lopez, Kelly Robshaw, Maria Berkova and Audrey Tse, who came out to walk the line with me

Margo Bettancourt, my number one buddy out on the street, she biked the line with me early on (with the aforementioned Jenn Su), then came out on four different occassions - everytime biking from the upper West Side, and we never ran out of things to talk about
Dani Simons, for teaching me how not to look (too) crazy on tv

Justin Lang & Cicala Filmworks, without whom the beautiful documentary film just wouldn't exist. Justin gave a ton of his personal time and energy

Hose Cedeno, who was so unbelievably dedicated and committed to documenting this project as fully as possible

Curtis Hamilton & Megan Baker, who, through The Canary Project, donated their time to help document the project

Cynthia Rosenzweig, Vivian Gornitz & Radley Horton at NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, who provided knowledge and expertise on the project from the scientific point of view

Deborah Balk, demographer at CUNY who provided insight on the communities around the world that exist below the HWL

Tara DePorte, from the Lower East Side Ecology Center, who has worked with me to come up with projects around the HWL, she also silkscreened tee's and got loads of people to make carbon reduction promises

NYSCA & DCA through Brooklyn Arts Council, they gave me the seed funding to get started

My private funders who gave tax deductible donations through my New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship

Ed Morris @ The Canary Project, without whom this project would not have been nearly as successful. His boundless energy and efforts to get the word out, promote and support this project have been beyond value. I can't imagine having had a better partner organizaion.

Gavin Cowie, muy husband who put up with all the craziness for well over a year (I'm just speaking in relation to this project) and was there for me when I needed him most.


AM New York, October 22, 2007
"Outlining the future," Justin Rocket Silverman

Riverkeeper, Fall 2007
"What Could Life Be Like? How Climate Change Might Affect the Hudson Valley and New York," Renee Cho

Bavarian Open Radio, October, 2007
"Ein Bayer in Brooklyn," Matthias Rockl
also available on, select "viddies"

Green Options, August 15, 2007
"Artist Takes Climate Change to the Streets," Shirley Siluk Gregory

The Brooklyn Paper, September 8, 2007
"Drawing the line on global warming," Chris Cascarano
Editor's Picks: Brooklyn's Hottest Events

Discovery Channel News, August 16, 2007
"Eco-Artist Peddles Awareness, Reporter," Kasey-Dee Gardner

Discovery Channel News, August 15, 2007
"Environmental Art Warns of Climate Change," Kasey-Dee Gardner

GOOD, Sept/Oct 2007
"Thin Blue Line," Meryl Rothstein

Inhabitat, August 4, 2007
"ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC ART IN NYC: The High Water Line," Abigail Doan

Free-Range Thinking (TM) Newsletter, August, 2007
[pdf] "Taking it to the Streets: The Artist's Way," Andy Goodman

Le Monde
"Une étude sonne l'alarme sur le climat futur du Nord-Est américain," Corine Lesnes

ARD Radio
"Kunst und Global Warming in Brooklyn & Manhattan," Martina Buttler

NYFA Current, New York, NY, June 20, 2007

New York Times, New York, NY, June 16, 2007
"The Handwriting on the Road: An Artist Draws the Flood Line," Randy Kennedy

Hope for the Earth, WRPI/91.5FM, Troy, NY, 5/24/07
live interview, Mark Looney

Courier Life, Brooklyn, NY, 5/21/07
"Artist arrives come hell or ‘high water’ - Site specific work calls attention to the disastrous effects of climate change," Stephen Witt

Free Speech Radio News, 5/21/07
"Artist Draws Attention to Rising Sea Level's Impact on NYC," David Enders

The Day, New London, CT, 5/1/2007
"Artist Hopes To Make A Water Mark," Bethe Dufresne

For press inquires please contact me.

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