Posts Tagged ‘new york city’

  I came up with a quick (and I hope fun) project to use in place of presenting my work ay the Creative Capital/Creative Time workshop on Real Community Engagement. I wrote the words “power” “memory” and “change” on three small stones. I gave them to people in the workshop and asked that they use […]

Things on my mind

And no, Georgia isn’t currently one of them. Although Savannah is really pretty and the food is good. I’ve been busy trying to get a bunch of the pieces of the Summer & Fall’s projects in place, including: Collecting water bottles & other materials for Paths of Desire. If you have access to water bottles […]

But is it art?

I am currently working on a proposal for a project which invites communities to build floating islands and moor them off coastal city parks. The project was inspired in part by Smithson’s Floating Island and in part by the need/desire to create a water remediation project for the city – we are after all 3 […]

Daily blip : interesting people

Yeh, you got off lightly this week – two of the daily blips went missing, one due to an early morning trip to Philly and the next day due to the cold I am fighting off. Today I am conquering the cold by attempting to ignore it (mostly). So I have some really amazing people […]

48 hours of Sao Paolo – or Time’s Square, what are we not seeing?
48 hours of Sao Paolo - or Time's Square, what are we not seeing?

You all know that at the beginning of last year Sao Paolo banned all outdoor advertising right? That meant no billboards, no street level ads, no video screens, no window signs, no awnings. None. Ever since I heard the “On the Media” report on the ban, I was most struck by this statement: “And now […]

Thinking outside the box

crossposted from I like to approach projects from an “outside the box” (boy, thats an overused term) point of view. When I mentioned the “Seeding the City” to a friend who works with green roofs, he questioned the value of planting such a small plot of greenery – how is that going to have […]

I <3 community walk

When you work on projects that involve a lot of mapping, you learn to love mapping tools. There may be better ones out there, but I have grown fond of Community Walk. I just used them to do a quick map of the Highbridge project, I See You in Me (The Path of Water in […]

Why (and how) we share

I’ve talked before about the collective power of artists and why we should share. I’ve been seeing it repeated on Sellout and in the comments over there recently too. (Basically it is the idea that by sharing resources and knowledge we can actually create a greater wealth of opportunities and resources). In light of that, […]

What ever happened to smart art?

Don’t get me wrong, there are some really smart and clever artists working out in the world, and I really like a lot of what I see. But last night I went to see the Agnes Denes lecture at the Drawing Center and found out just how complicated her work is. She was “making the […]

With a little help from my friends

(cross-posted from my new project site, Help me chose a summary statement So I have written a couple of different summary statements. Which do you like better? “Seeding the City” is a public art project that seeks to plant “seeds” of thought in the urban environment on challenges of climate change and potential for […]

When art becomes “something useful and or valued”

com·mod·i·ty : kə-mä-də-tē Function: noun | Inflected Form(s): plural – com·mod·i·ties | Etymology: Middle English commoditee, from Anglo-French commoditee, from Latin commoditat-, commoditas, from commodus | Date: 15th century 1: an economic good: as a: a product of agriculture or mining b: an article of commerce especially when delivered for shipment <commodities futures> c: a […]

Who let them in?

One thing I have to remind myself is that “public art” has inherently, the word “public” in it. This has been really driven home during the installation of the beacons during the HighWaterLine project. I have placed the beacons in 5 city parks (sorry that I never got to redo Canarsie) spanning the coast of […]

Being in love with the crazy

Last week was kind of a nutty week. I was part of a group show opening at Nelson Hancock Gallery in Dumbo, Topos : Brooklyn, showing images of the HighWaterLine project. All very great there were some really interesting projects/images there, including works by Tim Connor, Rebekah Farley, Michael Iacovoni, Michael Itkoff, Michael Piazza, Michael […]

My water tower dream

Where I work I have a great view (if I turn around and strain a bit) of a lot of NoHo, East Village rooftops. From here I can see the buildings dotted with water towers. I love water towers. One day when I was looking at the roofs while contemplating the Green Seeds project, I […]

Turning waves into power

Some smart person was sitting looking at the water, watching the undulations and reflections and was smart enough to realize that if they harnessed that energy… I’m not that smart person, but I am glad they are out there. Instead, I tend to lend my brain to creative pursuits. Albeit hopefully creative pursuits that have […]

By the numbers…

I have been thinking about noting the numbers involved in the High Water Line project, and after shifting 3,000 pounds of chalk – yep, you heard that right, 3,000 – now is as good a time as any! I have had sort of a critical mass of community board meetings and parks meetings happening as […]

In all the steel there was nature…

And in the nature there was steel? A workmate of mine asked yesterday if I had seen the Roxy Paine trees in “shake shack park” (Madison Square Park) yesterday – I did remember that I had seen a report on the installation of his boulders, but had forgotten about the trees. I stopped by yesterday […]

You are cordially invited…

My hope at the beginning of the HighWaterLine project was to take you, my blog reader friends, along for the ride (at least partially). It has turned out that a lot of the work is about emailing, meetings and writing and re-writing proposals and promotions. It turns out that all that stuff isn’t so interesting […]

It’s a big small world

It has been interesting to work on a project within the specific realm of arts and environmental issues. Is it a subculture or a genre? There are both a lot of people working on these issues and at the same time relatively few. As I talk to more people about High Water Line, I find […]

Oh and–

If you want to contribute to the High Water Line project (money that is!) you can do so here!

From where I am sitting

A lot going on out in the world including: Ouch! and some good self promotion – this op/ed comes on the heels of me reading more about Brooks’ report on “Who Really Cares.” And addresses something I have been thinking about ever since seeing the photos of the retreating glaciers. It’s something I have been […]

the name game

With some feedback from a couple of resources, I am changing the name of the project from “sea Change” to “High Water Line.” I am working to update the website: now at Here’s the reason for the name change. Originally conceived as a smaller project, with more of an artistic bent – the cleverness […]

seriously? no? seriously?

I know I promised some tips for writing grants to come soon, but things keep happening with the Sea Change project, including a potential name change. I will let you know the details when it gets more fully worked out. This week g-pup and I were supposed to be flying over to Edinburgh to see […]

Patience is a virtue (and a power)

Wow what a beautiful holiday gift to me! I decided to check the mail on Saturday at our apartment. (We don’t get most of our mail here because of the well known Brooklyn mail problems). We got a request for year end donations from the American Museum of Natural History (which, by the way, is […]

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