Presented by Invisible Dust in partnership with Creative Catalysts, HighWaterLine | Bristol was led by Isobel Tarr, with project support from Anna Wilson. 32 miles along the Avon and Frome highlighting the vulnerability that the region faces as climate change impacts the tidal river (the Avon has the second highest tidal range in the world – 12 meters). The marking of the line was preceded by months of work, including a workshop with storytelling and solutions brainstorming, meetings about resilience and marking the line, all headed up by Isobel.
In April of 2014, the current flood zone and future coast was marked by members of the River Wards along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. HighWaterLine | Philadelphia was presented by Chemical Heritage Foundation as part of the Sensing Change exhibition. The project was done as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival and created in partnership with New Kensington Community Development Corporation, Climate and Urban Systems Partnership and the Franklin Institute.
The line followed a route through neighborhoods whose waterfront is dotted with industrial sites, including several superfund sites. The neighborhood is already suffering from frequent basement flooding and Philadelphia was named the third most vulnerable city to “nuisance flooding” caused by climate change in the US. In addition to drawing the line, representatives from community groups and organizations working on solutions, including the Philadelphia Water Department, Fairmont Waterworks, Franklin Institute, CUSP and NKCDC all participated in a Green Block Party at a model park with green infrastructure at the Shissler Center.
Sadly, a few days after drawing the line, Philadelphia suffered major flooding (primarily from the Schuylkill River) in many neighborhoods and the Fairmont Waterworks suffered millions of dollars in damages. We plan to return to Philadelphia and continue to engage communities in learning about their vulnerabilities and solutions available to them.
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HighWaterLine|Miami was a collaboration with Heidi Quante, who approached me in the summer of 2012 to use HighWaterLine as a community organizing tool in the most climate vulnerable city in North America. Using her 14 years of creative engagement, together with over 30 community members we marked the 3′ and 6′ lines in Miami Beach and the 6′ line throughout the City of Miami. Prior to the marking of the line, Heidi worked closely with a diverse group of communities who don’t self identify as either climate change or activist. The deep work started when Heidi moved to Miami in August of 2013 and convened a group for a Million Person Project storytelling workshop.
It took a year of outreach, funding and logistics to bring this project to fruition. In that process we were able to connect with other artists and designers who created projects based on the work that we did. Including a architecture competition to redesign a home in Little Havana to make it climate resilient and a series of sound portraits by artist, Patricia Hernandez. Additional outcomes continue to occur, participants in drawing the line speak of the reception they have received for taking on drawing the line in public, and actions that are occurring as a result of their actions. More information at HighWaterLine.org