As I mentioned yesterday I come across a number of stories featuring people just like me or you who have found a new way to either make a new product more eco-friendly or are attempting to show our world through the eyes of Mother Nature. I decided to discuss two of these in in particular starting with the London Photographers Gallery exhibit entitled “The Plastic Bag” and moving on to today’s High Water Line Project.
I chose this one due to all the concern about Global Warming the past few weeks. It seems like everyday there is a new story coming out dealing with the possible consequences of or causes for the global weather crisis. Well thanks to Eve Mosher some New York residents are getting a small taste of what’s at stake and just how their lives might change in the future if something is not done soon to reverse man’s effect on the world around him. With a simple chalk line Eve is attempting to draw what Brooklyn/Manhattan may look like if the weather turns severe and remains that way for a period of years. Eve is essentially creating a new coastline in hopes that the city and the world will stand up and take notice of what may happen if something is not done soon. Eve is basing her chalk line on a 10-foot above sea level mark and has even started setting up 10-foot tall tubes of water in parks as another way of showing the devistation that possibly awaits.
Eve Mosher has been keeping a blog of her travels and recently wrote:
“I was going to say “a good day to save the world” but I wouldn’t want you to get the wrong idea. I don’t think that I am saving the world. But I do think that if I talk to someone, and they talk to someone and so on, well then maybe we have a chance. And besides the weather was absolutely gorgeous today, especially after the kind of freakish weather we had this past week in NYC *(see footnote)…. Then we got to the the WTC site. The line goes pretty much right through the middle of it. And I was to draw the line right through the viewing area on Liberty Street. I have to be honest, I get really emotional whenever I pass by the WTC site and drawing the line – I was nervous about it. I didn’t want people to think that I was being disrespectful – far from it. At the same time its a pretty powerful statement to say, you see this site here, the destruction that happened here? Well look at this line, it goes right through this site, and this is destruction on a global scale. So, yeh, I was nervous. I asked Ed (my ally and staunch supporter) to come talk to me before I started. I said to him, “What do you think Ed, you think it is okay?” and he responded with the words I had told him regarding his questions to me many months ago about drawing there, “You have to Eve, you just have to.” So with tears welling in my eyes, I opened the lever on the chalker and walked across the pathway through the viewing gallery, leaving a line of blue chalk, right up to the wall of the WTC site… Then I just looked at it for a little while, and thought about it…”
Do yourself a favor and check out one of the most interesting and heart tugging things you will ever read on the web. I know I will be keeping up with Eve’s travels until her journey is complete.